A proposed framework of a Virtual Reality training tool for design and installation of electrical systems
Sulbaran, T. and Shiratuddin, M.F. (2006) A proposed framework of a Virtual Reality training tool for design and installation of electrical systems. In: 6th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality, 3 - 4 August, Orlando, Florida.
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Electrical systems design and installation represent a minimum of 8-10 percent of the total construction cost. As such they must be properly designed and installed to avoid any cost overruns. The design of the system is the responsibility of the engineer, while its installation is the responsibility of the builder. It is not uncommon that there is a ‘disconnect’ between designers and builders. The former have limited experience in installing the system and the latter is not familiar with the design of the system, thus potentially leading to errors, rework and ultimately project cost increase. This paper proposes a framework of a Virtual Reality (VR) training tool that can be used in tandem by electrical designers and builders. We envision that this tool will allow designers and builders to better understand each other’s concerns for the success of design and installation of the system, thus costly mistakes and rework can be minimized, if not eliminated. Additionally, the VR training tool is expected to enhance the level of interactivity, and provide real-time analysis of possible “what-if” scenarios.
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