2019 CSCE Annual Conference - Laval (Greater Montreal) Conference
Dr. Puyan A. Zadeh, University of British Columbia
Dr. Sheryl Staub-French, University of British Columbia (Presenter)
Building design is a complex and iterative process that requires collaboration between designers from numerous disciplines. Quality of design has a direct impact on project success especially during the operations and maintenance phase from an end-user perspective. Using modern approaches like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) can help to mitigate design errors, omissions, and ambiguities. Nevertheless, there is potential to investigate how modern technologies can be used for improving the quality of design. This research aims to improve the quality of design by focusing on getting design inputs related to maintainability from relevant end-users. For this aim, the use of Virtual Reality (VR), with its potential for providing a stronger spatial understanding, is explored. A quasi-experimental approach is used to compare the performance of sixteen construction professionals who used traditional drawings and VR for providing design inputs. The participants completed pre-task and post-task questions to provide perceptions about their experience. The results suggest that participants found using VR easier and more accurate in comparison to traditional drawings. These findings are noteworthy because all the participants had substantial construction experience and used traditional drawings on a regular basis. The small sample size limits the generalizability of the results, but this study establishes as a proof of concept that VR is a viable option for getting design inputs from end-users to improve the quality of design.