Ideally design simulation occurs at the early or pre-design stages, which have the most potential for significant improvement in performance, cost and stakeholder engagement. There is a lack of design simulation software to enable a holistic approach to decision-making at the crucial early design stages.
This project provides design simulation environments at the early feasibility stages using AR and VR technology. The IDeEA lab is developing prototype software that enables collaborative pre-occupation of designs, where real-time quantitative feedback on sustainable performance can be balanced against qualitative evaluation by stakeholders.
CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH:
The project builds from a design simulation developed for an educational context. The project is in the early stages of implementation of a full working system based on three modules: A desktop design configuration modules; a VR simulation that captures user behavior and design preferences; and an AR simulation that collates performance and user preference data to inform decision making.
Next stage that requires funding. The software prototype development is underway and will be complete by November. Further funding required to extend this and tailor to specific client needs.
POTENTIAL INDUSTRY PARTNERS:
One industry partner who specializes in design visualization (Metamosaic Pty Ltd) has funded a $5k pilot study. Other potential partners include: property developers; local, state and federal government.
EVALUATING THE IMPACT OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN MULTIPLE CONTEXTS:
retail, commercial, industrial, educational, health, public transport etc.