ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 279-305, http://www.itcon.org/2013/14

Virtual reality for the built environment: a critical review of recent advances

revised:July 2013
published:August 2013
editor(s):Lee G
authors:Mi Jeong Kim, Assistant Professor,
Department of Housing and Interior Design, Kyung Hee University, Republic of Korea
email: mijeongkim@khu.ac.kr

Xiangyu Wang, Professor,
School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia
email: Xiangyu.Wang@curtin.edu.au

Peter ED. Love, Professor,
School of Built Environment, Curtin University, Australia
email: plove@iinet.net.au

Heng Li, Professor,
Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Shih-Chung Kang, Associated Professor,
Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
summary:This paper reviews the current state of the art for Virtual Reality (VR) and Virtual Environment (VE) applications in the field of the built environment. The review begins with a brief overview of technological components involved in enabling VR technology. A classification framework is developed to classify 150 journal papers in order to reveal the scholarly coverage of VR and VE from 2005 to 2011, inclusive. The classification framework summarizes achievements, established knowledge, research issues and challenges in the area. The framework is based on four layers of VR: concept and theory, implementation, evaluation and industrial adoption. These layers encompass architecture and design, urban planning and landscape, engineering, construction, facility management, lifecycle integration, training and education. This paper also discusses various representative VR research work in line with the classification framework. Finally the paper predicts future research trends in this area.
keywords:Virtual Reality, Virtual Environment, Built Environment, Critical Review, Framework
full text: (PDF file, 0.736 MB)
citation:Kim MJ, Wang X, Love PED, Li H, Kang SC (2013). Virtual reality for the built environment: a critical review of recent advances, ITcon Vol. 18, pg. 279-305, http://www.itcon.org/2013/14