C. Mitchell, G.Y. Tian, D. Gledhill, and D. Taylor
Web-based interactive 3D environment,
Data visualisation, distributed system, database
management, XML, Virtual Reality
This paper reports a pilot study of development and
implementation of an interactive environment for
construction design and maintenance. The environment is
based on a three-tier architecture, where user interface,
web server and distributed databases are kept separate.
The environment supports design, visualisation (2D
layout, 3D or panoramic view), searching, planning,
specifications, computation and supplier information. The
system enables users to be able to simulate and evaluate a
3D environment interactively. The paper presents the
software structure, implementation and test examples. In
addition to 3D visualisation, data format conversion and
content-based information retrieval are also discussed.
Some conclusions and further work are drawn.