Three-dimensional immersive mixed-reality interface for structural design

Prieto, Pablo, Soto, Francisco, Zuniga, Marcos, Qin, Sheng-feng and Wright, David (2012) Three-dimensional immersive mixed-reality interface for structural design. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 226 (5). pp. 955-958. ISSN 0954-4054

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A novel three-dimensional interface using immersive augmented reality to perform real-time visual analysis of structural models is presented. The interface integrates and builds on the functionalities of two commercial tools: ‘Leonar3Do’, for visual inspection in a fully three-dimensional immersive environment and ‘SAP 2000’, for structural analysis and simulation. The resulting interface allows the user to visualize the structural design model in three-dimensions, apply forces/loads directly with a three-dimensional physical pointer to indicate their magnitudes and directions and meanwhile observe the behavior of the structure under this action in fully perceived three-dimension. It integrates traditional structural analysis software, three-dimensional viewing and immersive virtual reality environment. The interface facilitates understanding of the different interactions between the structural components, detection of possible structural design weaknesses and improvement of the structural model in order to quickly develop better virtual prototypes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Structural design, three-dimensional immersive reality, virtual prototyping
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 13:00
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 22:45

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