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Exploring the impact of virtual reality in design review processes

Berg, Marc van den (2014) Exploring the impact of virtual reality in design review processes.

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Abstract:Virtual reality technologies offer emerging potential for design review processes in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. These technologies simulate physical presence in an interactive, three-dimensional setting. Previous research has suggested that consultancy and engineering firms in the AEC industry could use these technologies in design review processes - where designers and clients exchange information to resolve any design-related issues. I therefore created a virtual environment for design review and implemented it in two design review processes in the Netherlands: one dealing with the definitive design of three buildings for the production of drinking water and one dealing with the draft design of a parking garage. In this research, I explored the impact of individual design review sessions using a virtual environment prior to a design review meeting. By comparing theoretical patterns with empirical ones, I concluded that design review processes using a virtual environment prior to a design review meeting lead to a better understanding of the design, more involvement within the design review process, an increase in useful feedback on the design, and, to some extent, more efficient design review meetings. This enables consultancy and engineering firms to make a more informed choice about when to apply virtual reality technologies, offers a possibility to create more client value, and contributes to theories about design processes, virtual reality technologies and their integration. Future research should replicate the procedures followed here in contexts that are less proximally similar to this study, investigate the technical, social and economic factors that influence the adoption of virtual reality technologies, and explore the use of these technologies in other parts of the design process.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:56 civil engineering
Programme:Civil Engineering and Management MSc (60026)
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