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CIMNE Coffee Talk - "An introduction to Virtual Reality Technologies and possible applications in Architecture and Engineering"

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Time: 15h.

Place: O.C. Zienkiewicz, C1 Building, UPC Campus Nord, Barcelona


Traditionally, the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry uses to be quite conservative when not reluctant to the technological changes, especially in comparison to other industries such as aerospace or telecommunications.

However, the emergence of Building Information Modeling (BIM) seems to anticipate more than a mere evolution of computer tools, and could become the spearhead for a true paradigm shift in the way we design, build and operate the constructions.

We are also receiving hundreds of offers to experience new sensations thanks to the advance of the virtual reality (VR), that technology very well defined twenty years ago as "A computer system used to create an artificial world in which the user has the impression of being in that world and with the ability to navigate through the world and manipulate objects in the world."

BIM and VR share a same foundation: the visualization and processing of 3D models, including all the related topics such as computer and computational engineering, user interaction and usability aspects.


In this CIMNE Coffee, Arnau, Soraya, Marc, David and Óscar will present us a summary of their master and degree final works, where they have explored the possibilities of VR combined with BIM for the application to the AEC industry.

Arnau Rigol is a recent civil engineer for the UPC. Soraya Araujo and Óscar De Coss are civil engineers, currently completing the Master in Structural and Construction Engineering at UPC, while David Arroyo and Marc Martínez are recent telecommunication engineers, telematic specialty, at the UPC.