From CAD to virtual reality: modelling approaches, data exchange and interactive 3D building design tools
Whyte, J., Bouchlaghem, N. and Thorpe, A. (2000) From CAD to virtual reality: modelling approaches, data exchange and interactive 3D building design tools. Automation in Construction, 10 (1). pp. 43-55. ISSN 0926-5805
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/S0926-5805(99)00012-6
Virtual reality has the potential to improve visualisation of building design and construction, but its implementation in the industry has yet to reach maturity. Present day translation of building data to virtual reality is often unidirectional and unsatisfactory. Three different approaches to the creation of models are identified and described in this paper. Consideration is given to the potential of both advances in computer-aided design and the emerging standards for data exchange to facilitate an integrated use of virtual reality. Commonalities and differences between computer-aided design and virtual reality packages are reviewed, and trials of current system, are described. The trials have been conducted to explore the technical issues related to the integrated use of CAD and virtual environments within the house building sector of the construction industry and to investigate the practical use of the new technology.