MiddleVR tutorials online

These tutorials have been created by Dr Maxwell Parfitt to help researchers and students bring their simulations into the University of Reading CAVE:

These will guide you through how to create a Unity project, import the MiddleVR configuration and deploy the simulations to the CAVE platform in full Active Stereo with head and hand tracking.

DIRC team feature in University Bulletin

Energy Maradza

This month’s issue of the Graduate School Bulletin features an article on the front cover regarding the recent PhD Research Conference, which attracted over 250 research students from across the University. Energy Maradza, one of the Design Innovation Research Centre PhD Researchers, is pictured describing his work on BIM process standardisation in construction innovation systems as part of the poster competition.

In the same Bulletin Dr Maxwell Parfitt, one of the Design Innovation Research Centre Research Fellows was featured describing his work and experience since graduating. The article asks why Dr Parfitt chose the University of Reading for his PhD studies along with challenges he faced and advice for current 1st year PhD students.

Workshop on BIM

On Friday 1 November 2013, the Design Innovation Research Centre held a workshop on BIM. Several international academics were invited to make presentations at the workshop including John Messner, Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University; Professor Rafael Sacks from Technion University in Israel; Professor Bimal Kumar from Glasgow Caledonian University; visiting Professor at the University of Reading Mervyn Richards and others.

PhD students from Reading, Penn State and UCL spoke about their research in BIM. Delegates had the opportunity to take part in demonstrations using the immersive displays in the Visualization and Interactive Technologies Centre.

Professor Rafael SacksBIM WorkshopDr Milan Radosavljevic

CONVR 2013 – 13th International Conference on Construction Applications of Virtual Reality

Laura Maftei, Dr Dragana Nikolic and Dr Maxwell Parfitt spent 2 days at the CONVR 2013 conference in London last week. The conference was informative, with presentations from around the field of Virtual Reality, including; Applications of Augmented Reality in Construction, New Techniques for gathering Building Information Models using both LIDAR and Photogrammetry, Applications of Multi-Agent Simulations for Crowd Analysis and Automatic Analysis of Safety Breaches using BIM.
There were great opportunities to network and discuss current research through meetings and break-out sessions with leading academics, industrial collaborators and senior members of the construction industry.