Virtual Reality: An Analytical Concept Visualization Technique for Architectural Engineering

M.E. Haque and S.S. Mehtalia (USA)


Visualization, Virtual Reality, Animation, Residential Construction, Architectural Engineering


With the expanding reliability of the 21st century’s “IT revolution”, IT has proven an untapped resource for the science, engineering, and technology classroom. As the modern-day student becomes more epitomized with an eagerness for the interactivity of the computer keyboard and mouse, it has become essential that our classroom offer an engaging method of learning. In spite of the excellence of motivated educators and various textbooks, the associated rigorous theories and rhetoric make it a tedious academic hurdle for many mediocre students. Even more difficult is developing student’s critical thinking and visualization capabilities. Through the implementation of IT technology, theories can be exemplified in a virtual environment with rich multimedia, animation, virtual reality, interactivity, virtual walk-through, and manipulated image visualization. The objective of this paper is to demonstrate various design and construction visualization techniques in desktop virtual environments that would act as critical improvements for the typical architectural engineering and construction science education. As an example, this paper includes visual representations through image visualization/animation, virtual reality image manipulation, design animation, and walk-through virtual navigation of residential wooden frame structures. These visualization techniques can be valuable aids not only in teaching in the IT equipped classroom but also an effective self-directed tool for open learning via the web.

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