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Developing a BIM-Based MUVR Treadmill System for Architectural Design Review and Collaboration

Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(15), 6881; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156881
Received: 30 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 23 July 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue BIM and Its Integration with Emerging Technologies)
Virtual reality (VR) is quickly becoming the medium of choice for various architecture, engineering, and construction applications, such as design visualization, construction planning, and safety training. In particular, this technology offers an immersive experience to enhance the way architects review their design with team members. Traditionally, VR has used a desktop PC or workstation setup inside a room, yielding the risk of two users bump into each other while using multiuser VR (MUVR) applications. MUVR offers shared experiences that disrupt the conventional single-user VR setup, where multiple users can communicate and interact in the same virtual space, providing more realistic scenarios for architects in the design stage. However, this shared virtual environment introduces challenges regarding limited human locomotion and interactions, due to physical constraints of normal room spaces. This study thus presented a system framework that integrates MUVR applications into omnidirectional treadmills. The treadmills allow users an immersive walking experience in the simulated environment, without space constraints or hurt potentialities. A prototype was set up and tested in several scenarios by practitioners and students. The validated MUVR treadmill system aims to promote high-level immersion in architectural design review and collaboration. View Full-Text
Keywords: virtual reality (VR); multiuser VR (MUVR); omnidirectional treadmills; architectural design review; design collaboration virtual reality (VR); multiuser VR (MUVR); omnidirectional treadmills; architectural design review; design collaboration
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Keung, C.C.W.; Kim, J.I.; Ong, Q.M. Developing a BIM-Based MUVR Treadmill System for Architectural Design Review and Collaboration. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 6881. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156881

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Keung CCW, Kim JI, Ong QM. Developing a BIM-Based MUVR Treadmill System for Architectural Design Review and Collaboration. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(15):6881. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156881

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Keung, Calvin Chung Wai, Jung In Kim, and Qiao Min Ong. 2021. "Developing a BIM-Based MUVR Treadmill System for Architectural Design Review and Collaboration" Applied Sciences 11, no. 15: 6881. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156881

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