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Virtual reality and project management for astronomy
Author(s): L. A. Martínez; J. L. Villarreal; F. Angeles; A. Bernal; E. Bribiesca; R. Flores
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Paper Abstract

Over the years astronomical instrumentation projects are becoming increasingly complex making necessary to find efficient ways for project communication management. While all projects share the need to communicate project information, the required information and the methods of distribution vary widely between projects and project staff. A particular problem experienced on many projects regardless of their size, is related to the amount of design, planning information and how that is distributed among the project stakeholders. One way to improve project communications management is to use a workflow that offers a predefined way to share information in a project. Virtual Reality (VR) offers the possibility to get a visual feedback of designed components without the expenses of prototype building, giving an experience that mimics real life situations using a computer. In this contribution we explore VR as a communication technology that helps to manage instrumentation projects by means of a workflow implemented on a software package called Discut designed at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM). The workflow can integrate VR environments generated as CAD models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7738, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV, 773822 (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856906
Show Author Affiliations
L. A. Martínez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
J. L. Villarreal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
F. Angeles, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
A. Bernal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
E. Bribiesca, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)
R. Flores, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7738:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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