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Interactive 3D software allows students to explore their new school before its built

on Tuesday,December 15,2009 21:12

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When shopping for a new house, many prospective owners tour model homes in an attempt to better equate themselves with their future surroundings. Thanks to the work of several 3D animators and designers, teachers and students in Birmingham, England, are now able to do the same thing.

A new project called the Learning Environments Virtual Reality Online Simulator, links university administrators, architects and graphic designers in an effort to produce an immersive 3D map that will allow students, teachers and administrators to help design future school facilities.

The highly customizable program allows people to test out their design ideas including color, furniture, fixtures and fittings as well as providing detailed lay outs that can be used to develop safety and exit paths.

These designs are intended to allow schools to explore their new surroundings and begin planning procedures before the structure is fully constructed.

"It''s intended to make sure schools are not just built with one person''s vision," says Emma Leaman of the British Education Council in a statement to the BBC.

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