The Present And Future Of Virtual and Augmented Reality In Geotechnical Engineering: This Technology Has Gone Way Beyond Gaming!

by Dimitrios Konstantakos, P.E., (M.ASCE), CEO and founder of Deep Excavation LLC in New York, NY, an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at New York University, and chair of the ASCE/G-I Technical Coordination Council, dimitrios@deepexcavation.com,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 1, Pg. 46-51


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: One of the greatest challenges with subsurface construction has always been our relative inability to visualize underground conditions that are often comprised of spatially variable soil and rock strata, existing utilities, and complex foundations. In recent years, however, advances in computer science, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR) technologies are transforming foundation and geotechnical engineering by greatly improving our ability to visualize complex subsurface conditions in three dimensions. This article examines the state of geotechnical applications in VR and AR, and describes areas where visualization technologies can transform our practice into Immersive Geotechnical Engineering.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Engineering profession | Simulation models | Game theory | Subsurface environment | Underground construction | Subsurface utilities | Spatial variability

 

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