Framework for Collaborative 3D Urban Environments

  • Miguel Melo
  • Maximino Bessa
  • Tânia Rocha
  • José Sousa
  • Emanuel Peres
  • João Varajão
  • Luís Magalhães
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 220)

Abstract

With Virtual Reality (VR) systems it is possible to visualize three-dimensional environments with a high level of detail and visual fidelity. The users can manipulate and interact with those virtual environments in an intuitive way, close to reality. The VR systems enable the access to digital services that can promote, amongst others, collaborative work, data sharing or e-commerce. In this paper, we present a multidisciplinary solution that can offer added value to users through a collaborative environment with an intuitive interface. This environment will use geo-referenced databases to replicate urban environments and represent real world problems in a virtual way, making possible a better and more flexible approach in order to solve them. It is also proposed an architecture and some digital services are illustrated to show its potential.

Keywords

Collaborative work Virtual urban environments Digital services 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Melo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Maximino Bessa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tânia Rocha
    • 1
  • José Sousa
    • 1
  • Emanuel Peres
    • 1
    • 3
  • João Varajão
    • 1
    • 4
  • Luís Magalhães
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.INESC PORTOPortoPortugal
  3. 3.CITAB – Centro de Investigações em Tecnologias Agro-Ambientais e BiológicasUniversidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  4. 4.Centro AlgoritmiUniversidade do MinhoGuimarãesPortugal

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