BBM Structural Engineers Embark on Pioneering VR Study

At BBM Structural, we’re always at the forefront of cutting-edge technologies, and our team recently had the exciting opportunity to participate in a unique Virtual Reality (VR) study led by Furkan Luleci, a doctoral Candidate at the University of Central Florida. The study, titled “Virtual Reality as a Meeting Environment in Infrastructure Inspection,” aimed to explore the potential of VR in the structural engineering domain.

The study involved our engineers immersing themselves in a virtual meeting environment through VR headsets, experiencing multi-modal bridge assessment data dynamically and interactively. The immersive experience lasted approximately 10 minutes, followed by a 5-minute questionnaire survey to gather insights into the participants’ experiences.

What set this study apart was its comprehensive approach, incorporating accurate bridge data, Building Information Modeling (BIM) in VR, dynamic analysis, bridge Computer-Aided Design (CAD) plans, numeric analysis, and multi-user collaboration. It provided a unique opportunity for our team to engage with state-of-the-art technology and contribute to the ongoing advancements in structural engineering practices.

Endeavors like these showcase BBM’s commitment to innovation, ensuring our engineers are well-equipped with the latest tools and methodologies. As we eagerly await the findings of this VR study, we look forward to more opportunities that push the boundaries of what’s possible in the world of structural engineering and support the future engineers of our communities.


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