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Educational simulation in construction: the virtual construction simulator

Nikolic, D., Jaruhar, S. and Messner, J. (2011) Educational simulation in construction: the virtual construction simulator. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 25 (6). pp. 421-429. ISSN 0887-3801

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000098


Students in the architecture, engineering, and construction disciplines are often challenged with visualizing and understanding the complex spatial and temporal relationships involved in designing and constructing three-dimensional (3D) structures. An evolving body of research traces the use of educational computer simulations to enhance student learning experiences through testing real-world scenarios and the development of student decision-making skills. Ongoing research at Pennsylvania State University aims to improve engineering education in construction through interactive construction project learning applications in an immersive virtual reality environment. This paper describes the first- and second-generation development of the Virtual Construction Simulator (VCS), a tool that enables students to simultaneously create and review construction schedules through 3D model interaction. The educational value and utility of VCS was assessed through surveys, focus group interviews, and a student exercise conducted in a construction management class. Results revealed VCS is a valuable and effective four-dimensional (4D) model creation and schedule review application that fosters collaborative work and greater student task focus. This paper concludes with a discussion of the findings and the future development steps of the VCS educational simulation

Item Type:Article
Divisions:No Reading authors. Back catalogue items
Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:33890
Uncontrolled Keywords:Engineering education, 4D simulation, Visualization
Publisher:American Society of Civil Engineers

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