VRML has a great potential in the Architectural
Design Process . It can be attributed to the fact that 3D MODELING
and AUTHORING applications like 3D -STUDIO
, MICROSTATION , and many others
can export VRML 1.0 as well as VRML 2.0 file formats which can be displayed
and read easily over the internet and it is not the same with the native
formats of these applications which are cumbersome and no plugins installed
for the browsers to load these files.
VRML 2.0 format has great potential in
the Architectural design process. With the inclusion of scripting nodes
and the subsequent ability to include JAVA code in the VRML 2.0 file format
makes it a great avenue for low cost Virtual Reality application . The
following issues can be considered as potential development areas in this
It is possible to build complex Architectural
Models in traditional Modeling software like 3D STUDIO and export
them as VRML 2.0 files and later " program these files according to the
needs of the design situation. For example. We can build a VRML application
which can change the color of the walls in real time , or move the structural
elements like the walls and windows and if the expertise of the programmer
overcomes the complexity of the model , we can have a portable CAD application
through which we can change the forms of the Floor plans.
The most interesting application of all these
is the fact that these "custom applications" can be easily transfered over
the internet and can be viewed through a VRML enabled browser with out
the requirement of any complex host applications.
The following suggests the potential applications
of VRML 2.0 models.
If the VRML 2.0 file format is supported in
CAVE , designers can immersively interact with the design models rather
than having to see just the static models which are of not much use than
the 3D models in the traditional applications on their desktops.