The Virtual Reality Design Process Model: A Framework For Teaching Design Virtually

By Graham Leonard Oakes, Anthony John Felton, David Heesom and Xiandong Feng.

Published by The Design Collection

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In this age of global communication, computers and multimedia devices can often assist in the learning of the design process and virtual reality design enables the user to become immersed in a three-dimensional design world. In this paper the authors propose a virtual reality design process model and its impact when used as a pedagogical tool. The approach encompasses the development of a three-dimensional design process model into an innovative proposal for a virtual reality model. The virtual reality aspect takes into account the evolution of the design process from conception to retirement by navigating through these key areas in a three-dimensional manner.
Real time self-authoring software is utilised that enables the user to progress through each stage of the design process automatically to propose solutions to design briefs and specifications.
A framework for teaching the design process using virtual reality is proposed using Design and the Virtual Educator (DAVE) methodology

Keywords: Virtual Reality, Design Process Models, Time Compression Technologies

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.467-478. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.814MB).

Graham Leonard Oakes

Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

I trained in mechanical engineering with GEC Turbine Generators and worked as a mechanical designer. Since working for the University of Wolverhampton I was the course leader for the BSc(Hons) Computer Aided Product Design course for ten years and have been the lead academic (design discipline) for a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. I am currently employed as a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Product Design. My research interests are largely based on determining an innovative design process model for multi-disciplinary areas e.g. product, industrial and engineering.

Dr. Anthony John Felton

Director of Research, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

I trained in mechanical engineering at Round Oak steel works and was appointed as a designer and then senior engineer. I have taught in a number of educational educational establishments and gained my PhD in 2001 entitled ‘The Development of an Effective Learning Environment in Higher Education for Product Design’. I am presently employed as Director of Research in the department of Architecture and Product Design. I lead an ‘Inclusive Design’, ‘Design Sustainability’, and ‘Multidisciplinary Approaches to Design’ research group and provide a consultancy to industry through knowledge transfer partnerships. My research interests include product design and development and technology supported learning in higher education where significant research papers have been published.

Dr. David Heesom

Principal Lecturer, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

I received a BEng (Hons) from Loughborough University in 1997 and an MSc (with distinction) in CAD and Construction from the University of Wolverhampton. Following working in the construction industry in the UK and Ireland as a highways and infrastructure engineer I joined the University of Wolverhampton and received my PhD in Construction IT and Management in 2004, developing a novel ‘4D Virtual Reality’ approach to improve planning on construction sites. Since joining the University, I have worked on several research projects relating to the application of virtual reality and advanced visualisation for the construction industry and successfully led numerous projects relating to industry and higher education engagement, more recently leading the regional hub of the National Construction Knowledge Exchange and project managing the Advancing Built Environment Technology programme funded by the European Social Fund. I am currently Director of Academic Studies within the Architecture and Product Design Department and lead the School Virtual Design Enterprise Centre (ViDEC).

Dr. Xiandong Feng

Research associate, School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK

I have worked in the area of architectural CAD and visualisation for over 10 years. I gained my Master’s degree in CAD & Construction in 2001, and my PhD on Virtual Reality application for design training in 2005. I am currently working as a research associate on various projects involving developing multiple e-learning contents, 3D photorealistic modelling, and Virtual Reality application for architecture and construction design.

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