A critical review of the use of virtual reality in construction engineering education and training

Wang, Peng, Wu, Peng, Wang, Jun, Chi, Hung-Lin and Wang, Xiangyu 2018, A critical review of the use of virtual reality in construction engineering education and training, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 15, no. 6, doi: 10.3390/ijerph15061204.

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Title A critical review of the use of virtual reality in construction engineering education and training
Author(s) Wang, Peng
Wu, Peng
Wang, Jun
Chi, Hung-Lin
Wang, Xiangyu
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 15
Issue number 6
Total pages 18
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-06-08
ISSN 1661-7827
Keyword(s) building information modelling
construction engineering
construction safety
training and education
virtual reality
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Virtual Reality (VR) has been rapidly recognized and implemented in construction engineering education and training (CEET) in recent years due to its benefits of providing an engaging and immersive environment. The objective of this review is to critically collect and analyze the VR applications in CEET, aiming at all VR-related journal papers published from 1997 to 2017. The review follows a three-stage analysis on VR technologies, applications and future directions through a systematic analysis. It is found that the VR technologies adopted for CEET evolve over time, from desktop-based VR, immersive VR, 3D game-based VR, to Building Information Modelling (BIM)-enabled VR. A sibling technology, Augmented Reality (AR), for CEET adoptions has also emerged in recent years. These technologies have been applied in architecture and design visualization, construction health and safety training, equipment and operational task training, as well as structural analysis. Future research directions, including the integration of VR with emerging education paradigms and visualization technologies, have also been provided. The findings are useful for both researchers and educators to usefully integrate VR in their education and training programs to improve the training performance.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph15061204
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2018, The Authors
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