Zero latency: Real-time synchronization of BIM data in virtual reality for collaborative decision-making

Jing Du, Zhengbo Zou, Yangming Shi, Dong Zhao

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Abstract

Virtual Reality (VR) has attracted increasing attention of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Facility Management (AEC/FM) industry in recent years, as it shows a great potential to improve workflow efficiency through enhanced common understanding. A problem with current VR applications in AEC/FM is that the manual conversation from official design data (e.g., a BIM model) to VR displays is difficult and time consuming. There is a lack of automated and efficient data transfer approach between BIM and VR. In this paper, we will introduce a BIM[sbnd]VR real-time synchronization system called BVRS, which is based on an innovative Cloud-based BIM metadata interpretation and communication method. BVRS allows users to update BIM model changes in VR headsets (such as Oculus Rift DK2) automatically and simultaneously. We tested BVRS in a variety of design change scenarios including changing object dimensions, changing object locations and changing object types. Results confirmed the usability and efficiency of BVRS.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages51-64
Number of pages14
JournalAutomation in Construction
Volume85
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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Virtual reality
Synchronization
Decision making
Data transfer
Metadata
Display devices
Communication
Industry

Keywords

  • BIM
  • Cloud computing
  • Information latency
  • Metadata
  • Virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Zero latency : Real-time synchronization of BIM data in virtual reality for collaborative decision-making. / Du, Jing; Zou, Zhengbo; Shi, Yangming; Zhao, Dong.

In: Automation in Construction, Vol. 85, 01.01.2018, p. 51-64.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

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