Fully immersive virtual reality experiences are difficult to achieve. The current solutions on offer - low quality displays within fixed environments; single user head-mounted display systems or expensive specially adapted rooms - all struggle to display complex BIM datasets efficiently. 3D MOVE: Mobile Immersive Visualisation Environment is a compact and transportable system that offers the benefits of a £1,000,000 virtual reality suite for just £30,000, including the cost of hardware and software. 3D MOVE is capable of immersing groups of users within a CAD model at a 1:1 scale. Items displayed are life-size and there is active stereoscopic projection for depth perception. Participants can navigate the system in real time, exploring complex datasets that are typically found on large infrastructure projects. The system’s key innovation is its practicality: it fits into a cupboard; is transported to locations in a small van and can be operational within an hour of arriving on site. 3D MOVE is self-supporting, requires no special tools for assembly and runs from a standard power socket. Just two people are required to install it.
Dr Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt
Maxwell is a research fellow in the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Reading where he develops visualisation equipment and techniques for building information modelling (BIM) and computer aided design (CAD) data. Having completed a PhD in computer science in 2013, Maxwell is currently building a repository of fully immersive visualisation datasets to inform and teach future students about BIM and asset management. Maxwell’s background in robotics and systems engineering enables him to design hardware and software solutions that can quickly be applied to complex problems found in the construction sector.
Prof Jennifer Whyte
Jennifer’s interests are in use of design data for organisational decision-making. Working with major building and infrastructure projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5, London 2012 Olympics and Crossrail, her recent research has focused on visualisation, managing change, handover of data from projects to owners and owner use of asset information. She founded the Design Innovation Research Centre in the School of Construction Management and Engineering in the University of Reading. Set up with the help of an EPSRC Challenging Engineering grant for future research leaders, its vision is to promote new modes of design in the digital economy.
“The strength of this highly impressive innovation lays in its practicality and potential impact on practice. Its contribution is to enable the functionality of fixed 3D visualisation facilities to be achieved by means of a highly cost-effective mobile product. The judging panel was hugely impressed, and recognises the product’s great potential within the industry.”