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Title: Chapter 21: The Utility of Virtual Reality for Science and Engineering

Abstract

In our daily usage of the large-scale immersive virtual environment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we have observed how this VR system can be a useful tool to enhance scientific and engineering workflows. On multiple occasions, we have observed scientists and engineers discover features in their data using immersive environments that they had not seen in prior investigations of their data on traditional desktop displays. We have embedded more information into our analytics tools, allowing engineers to explore complex multivariate spaces. We have observed natural interactions with 3D objects and how those interactions seem to catalyze understanding. And we have seen improved collaboration with groups of stakeholders. In this chapter, we discuss these practical advantages of immersive visualization in the context of several real-world examples.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1544522
Report Number(s):
NREL/CH-2C00-68498
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Book
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; virtual reality; immersive environments; visualization

Citation Formats

Gruchalla, Kenny M, and Brunhart-Lupo, Nicholas J. Chapter 21: The Utility of Virtual Reality for Science and Engineering. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1201/b21598.
Gruchalla, Kenny M, & Brunhart-Lupo, Nicholas J. Chapter 21: The Utility of Virtual Reality for Science and Engineering. United States. doi:10.1201/b21598.
Gruchalla, Kenny M, and Brunhart-Lupo, Nicholas J. Fri . "Chapter 21: The Utility of Virtual Reality for Science and Engineering". United States. doi:10.1201/b21598.
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title = {Chapter 21: The Utility of Virtual Reality for Science and Engineering},
author = {Gruchalla, Kenny M and Brunhart-Lupo, Nicholas J},
abstractNote = {In our daily usage of the large-scale immersive virtual environment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), we have observed how this VR system can be a useful tool to enhance scientific and engineering workflows. On multiple occasions, we have observed scientists and engineers discover features in their data using immersive environments that they had not seen in prior investigations of their data on traditional desktop displays. We have embedded more information into our analytics tools, allowing engineers to explore complex multivariate spaces. We have observed natural interactions with 3D objects and how those interactions seem to catalyze understanding. And we have seen improved collaboration with groups of stakeholders. In this chapter, we discuss these practical advantages of immersive visualization in the context of several real-world examples.},
doi = {10.1201/b21598},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
}

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