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CFD Visualization in a Virtual Reality Environment Using Building Information Modeling Tools

School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA
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Buildings 2020, 10(12), 229; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120229
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 28 November 2020 / Accepted: 1 December 2020 / Published: 4 December 2020
Scientific visualization has been an essential process in the engineering field, enabling the tracking of large-scale simulation data and providing intuitive and comprehendible graphs and models that display useful data. For computational fluid dynamics (CFD) data, the need for scientific visualization is even more important given the complicated spatial data structure and large quantities of data points characteristic of CFD data. To better take advantage of CFD results for buildings, the potential use of virtual reality (VR) techniques cannot be overlooked in the development of building projects. However, the workflow required to bring CFD simulation results to VR has not been streamlined. Building information modeling (BIM) as a lifecycle tool for buildings includes as much information as possible for further applications. To this end, this study brings CFD visualization to VR using BIM tools and reports the evaluation and analysis of the results. View Full-Text
Keywords: CFD simulation; BIM; scientific visualization; virtual reality CFD simulation; BIM; scientific visualization; virtual reality
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Yan, J.; Kensek, K.; Konis, K.; Noble, D. CFD Visualization in a Virtual Reality Environment Using Building Information Modeling Tools. Buildings 2020, 10, 229. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120229

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Yan J, Kensek K, Konis K, Noble D. CFD Visualization in a Virtual Reality Environment Using Building Information Modeling Tools. Buildings. 2020; 10(12):229. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120229

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Yan, Jiayi; Kensek, Karen; Konis, Kyle; Noble, Douglas. 2020. "CFD Visualization in a Virtual Reality Environment Using Building Information Modeling Tools" Buildings 10, no. 12: 229. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings10120229

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