Meta-model for VR-based design reviews

DS 87-4 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 4: Design Methods and Tools, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Gebert, Martin; Steger, Wolfgang; Stelzer, Ralph; Bertelmann, Kathrin
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; 2: FAB Bertelmann Technologie, Germany
Section: Design Methods and Tools
Page(s): 337-346
ISBN: 978-1-904670-92-6
ISSN: 2220-4342


The paper describes the development of a tool to make it possible to generate a Virtual Reality (VR) representation of the current state of an engineering project without additional effort. The VR tool extends the CAD and simulation programs used in the development process through a visualisation module. Making use of current geometry and calculation data, it provides direct visualisation in virtual environments. The tool developed is based on a meta-model generated from the data from different application programs. The tool concept and implementation are described for a configurator applied to energy systems.

Keywords: Collaborative design, Integrated product development, Virtual Engineering (VE), Visualisation


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