Assessing new buildings using Virtual Reality

The VISAGE system allows planners and architects to assess the impact of new buildings on the surrounding environment. High Performance Computing and Networking (HPCN) is at the heart of the project which uses HPCN to create lighting effects for architectural scenes. This has been combined with the application of surface textures, resulting in realistic appearances.

VISAGE views the effects of proposed developments and has the potential to make the planning process more democratic. The growth of access to the Internet now means that the public can be given access to realistic impressions of proposed developments and the impact on the surrounding environment. The proposals that can be presented range from major construction projects to the positioning of street items such as seating, lampposts, etc.

Generating the animated pictures demands a great deal of computer processing power but, by using a bureau service, this has been made available in a cost-effective way. The animations were generated using an existing model.

On the VISAGE stand visitors can view computer-generated presentations of Edinburgh, Scotland. The presentations are in the form of a virtual reality fly-through of the city centre. Visitors will see the pictures on a video display. A voice-over describes each part of the city.

Contact Mark SAWYER, EPCC
tel +44 131 650 5019
fax +44 131 650 6555
email m.sawyer@epcc.ed.ac.uk
website www.epcc.ed.ac.uk/tnn/VISAGE

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