Integrating virtual reality and telepresence to remotely monitor construction sites: A ViRTUE project

  • Arkady Retik
  • Gordon Mair
  • Richard Fryer
  • Douglas McGregor
Short Papers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1454)


The paper presents VIRTUE, a funded research project, which aims to integrate the Virtual Reality (VR), Telepresence (TP) and mobile video telecommunications technologies. A mobile, real-time, 3D-hybrid VR/TP system is being built at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. A system prototype has been completed and is being tested. The system will permit the user to integrate telepresence images with computer generated virtual environments superimposed over the remote real worldview. This integrated system incorporates emerging mobile telecommunications technologies to give rapid and easy access to the real and virtual construction sites from arbitrary locations. This system allows remote surveillance of the construction site, and integration of real world images of the site with virtual reality representations, derived from planning models, for progress monitoring.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arkady Retik
    • 1
  • Gordon Mair
    • 2
  • Richard Fryer
    • 3
  • Douglas McGregor
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow
  2. 2.Department of Design, Manufacture and Engineering ManagementUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of StrathclydeGlasgow

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