VR-based education system for inspection of concrete bridges

A. Miyamoto, M. Konno, T. Rissanen

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Abstract

In this study, a novel education system for inspection of concrete bridges is presented. The new education approach uses virtual reality (VR) and three-dimensional computer graphics (3DCG) in training engineers to become bridge inspection specialists. The slow time-dependent deterioration of concrete bridges can be reproduced on the computer screen in any chosen time frame, thus providing the trainees with illustrative and educative insight into the deterioration problem. In the proposed VR/3DCG approach a three-dimensional model of concrete bridge, including surfaces, viewpoints and walkthrough paths is created. With the help of this virtual bridge model, an experienced bridge inspection specialist teaches the different deterioration phenomena of concrete bridges to the trainees. The new system was tested, and the inspection results from the case bridge showed that in comparison with the traditional Japanese bridge inspection education system, the new system gives better results. In addition to the improvement of quality of bridge inspections, the new VR/3DCG system-based education brings along some other, more intangible benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-42
Number of pages14
JournalComputers and Concrete
Volume3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Concrete bridges
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Three dimensional computer graphics
Engineers

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Miyamoto, A., Konno, M., & Rissanen, T. (2006). VR-based education system for inspection of concrete bridges. Computers and Concrete, 3(1), 29-42.
Miyamoto, A. ; Konno, M. ; Rissanen, T. / VR-based education system for inspection of concrete bridges. In: Computers and Concrete. 2006 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 29-42.
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