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Virtual Reality & Visualisation

The Virtual Reality and Visualisation Group was established in 2005 to promote the effective use of VR and visualisation technologies throughout all Built Environment disciplines and across teaching, learning, research and enterprise activities. It employs the knowledge and skills of interdisciplinary and experienced personnel who participate in international VR research and consultancy projects.  

The Group’s flagship project is Virtual NewcastleGateshead (VNG), a partnership with the two local authorities to produce a three-dimensional digital model of the urban core areas of both cities. Started in 2008 with the aim of creating a definitive, accurate, interactive city model, it now comprises an area of more than 100km² and is an effective stakeholder communication tool and a cost-effective way of understanding the wider implications of planning applications. VNG is helping to streamline and increase the transparency of the planning process, and supports a growing number of research activities as diverse as the EU Interreg Electric Mobility project, an AHRC-funded Virtual Medieval Newcastle project and the recent project- MyPlace: Mobility and Place for the Age-friendly City.  

VRV Group also hosted the 32nd eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) during September 2014.




Northumbria University has won a project from Government’s Foresight Project (GO-Science/Foresight) to visualise Newcastle City Futures: 2065 ...

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We conduct research in wide range of areas including but not limited to: 3D Scanning, Agent-based modelling, Architectural Visualisation, Augmented Reality, Building Information Models, Heritage Documentation, Performance Analysis...

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VRV Studio

This facility enables advanced visualisation research and consultancy activities and is equipped with an active stereo projection-based system...

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The VNG model provides developers and architects with the means to assess the impact of design proposals within their urban context...

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