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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
This paper presents a prototype desktop virtual reality model, developed to enhance electrical safety and design in the built environment. The model presented has the potential to be used as an educational tool for third level students, an industry design tool or as a virtual electrical safety manual for the general public. A description of the development of the virtual reality model is presented along with the applications that were developed within the model. Subsequently, a case study is carried out to evaluate the users’ attitudes toward VR learning environments and also the usability of the prototype model developed. Based on the development of this prototype model, it appears from the completed case study that the users perceive the prototype to be a useful tool and were receptive to using VR as a learning and design tool.
Blackledge, J., Barrett, M.: Development and Evaluation of a Desktop VR System for Electrical Services Engineers. International Association of Engineers: ICEEE12, London, 2012. doi:10.21427/D7D05T