This paper presents a recent overview of the increasing use of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies for the simulation of urban environments. It builds on previous research conducted on the identification of three-dimensional (3D) city models and offers an analysis of the development, utilization and construction of VR city models. Issues pertaining to advantages, barriers and ownership are identified. The paper describes a case study of the development of a VR model for the city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK and outlines the role that academic institutions can play in both the creation and utilization of urban models. The study offers a new approach for the creation, management and update of urban models and reflects on issues which are emerging. Areas for future research are discussed.
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||CUPUM09 11th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management - Hong Kong|
Duration: 16 Jun 2009 → …
|Conference||CUPUM09 11th International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management|
|Period||16/06/09 → …|