Uncovering the underground in VR
Geotechnical engineering is the foundation of many civil and infrastructure projects that we see shaping our world today, pun intended.
As the nature of the geotechnical aspects of these projects are beneath the surface of the ground, they are inherently difficult to explore once a project has been completed. This limits the interactions that educators can provide their students with, in regard to seeing how the industry operates and understanding the different stages of large-scale projects.
We wanted to develop a framework for future educators to assist them in utilising the immersive qualities of virtual reality, to engage and connect with students. We developed 3D models of prominent buildings around the Adelaide CBD as well as the University of Adelaide campus which were then exported to a VR headset where a number of facets of the building’s substructure, superstructure and the surrounding soil profile can be viewed and explored.
Our built and natural environments
Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering