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Overview of VRML applications to architecture
Author(s): Gonzalo Velez Jahn
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Paper Abstract

Modeling and visualization of architectural space have evolved dramatically in scope and breadth in the course of the last three years. With the advent of Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) architectural designers are now confronted with the exciting possibilities of (1) constructing their ideas in virtual 3-D web space, (2) navigating the models involved in diverse fashions keeping continuous dynamic control of perspective in ways unheard of ever before and (3) finding new uses to the models produced such as, in the discernible future, non-destructive simulation and testing applications, a fascinating possibility that underlies the conceptual core of this paper. Yet, to the majority of architects, even to those related with the Internet/WWW, the new potentialities of online VRML-built models remain mystifying and distant yet. This paper attempts to cast some initial light on the subject by providing an overview of VRML in actual architectural applications under different institutions and/or initiatives, seeking a topology that allow to analyze them on a comparative basis and speculating on the potentials of future virtual reality modeling as predictive tools in architecture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3687, International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering, (5 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.347423
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Gonzalo Velez Jahn, Univ. Central de Venezuela (Venezuela)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3687:
International Workshop on Nondestructive Testing and Computer Simulations in Science and Engineering
Alexander I. Melker, Editor(s)

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