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Computer Sciences, Civil engineering
Electricity and the inherent risks associated with its use in the built environment have long since been a priority for the electrical services industry and also the general public who must live and work in this environment. By its nature virtual reality has the advantage of being safe for both the user and equipment. In addition, it offers the user an opportunity to be exposed to a range of scenarios and conditions that either occur infrequently or are hazardous to replicate. This paper presents a prototype desktop virtual reality model, to enhance electrical safety and design in the built environment. The model presented has the potential to be used as an educational tool for third level students, a design tool for industry, or as a virtual electrical safety manual for the general public. A description of the development of the virtual reality model is presented along with the applications that were developed within the model. The potential for virtual reality is highlighted with areas identified for future development. Based on the development of this prototype model, it appears that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that virtual reality could enhance electrical safety and design in the built environment and also advance training methods used to educate electrical services engineers and electricians.
Blackledge, J., Barrett, M., Coyle, E. (2010) Using Virtual Reality to Enhance Electrical Safety and Design in the Built Environment. ISAST Transactions on Computers and Intelligent Systems, vol: 3, issue: 1, pages: 1-9, 2011. doi:10.21427/D7790G