PC-VR - PC technology based virtual reality 
New solutions for product and process visualisation

Type of the project: Research
Status 10/2002: Ongoing


VTT Rakennus- ja yhdyskuntatekniikka:  http://www.vtt.fi/rte/

Other participating organizations:

VTT Information Technology:   http://www.vtt.fi/tte/

Contact person:

Kalle Kähkönen:   kalle.kahkonen@vtt.fi 

Project summary:

Interactive visualization and animation of different 3D models have developed enormously during last five years. It is widely expected that the next "killer" IT application is about realistic visualization of the existing or planned object using virtual reality technology. Virtual reality technology is a combination of advanced visualization techniques with interactive computer devices. In practical terms we could characterize virtual reality technology as a means to experimenting with environments which does not exist but which have properties and functionality of real existing environments. Virtual reality technology provides means for 

Many universities, research centers and companies have recently invested on virtual reality studios. For example, at present there exist approximately 600 "cave" vr-studios in the world. Typically this type of virtual reality studio requires a room together with special displays, projectors, computers and supporting software. PC-technology based solutions are increasingly providing an interesting alternative for these capital-intensive solutions.

Research and development topics 

  1. State-of-the-art analysis of PC-technology based VR and its applicability for industrial applications 
  2. New emerging applications and concepts relating to those 
  3. Industrial piloting


The PC-VR project shall be carried out in 2002 - 2003.


The project is to be carried out by VTT Building and Transport and VTT Information technology in co-operation with end-user companies and experts from leading companies and research community.

Project web site:   http://cic.vtt.fi/pc-vr