Real walking in virtual environments for factory planning and evaluation
Paper i proceeding, 2016

Nowadays, buildings or production facilities are designed using specialized design software and building information modeling tools help to evaluate the resulting virtual mock-up. However, with current, primarily desktop based tools it is hard to evaluate human factors of such a design, for instance spatial constraints for workforces. This paper presents a new tool for factory planning and evaluation based on virtual reality that allows designers, planning experts, and workforces to walk naturally and freely within a virtual factory. Therefore, designs can be checked as if they were real before anything is built.

real walking

Factory planning

collaborative virtual environments

redirection techniques

production planning

building information model

virtual construction

redirected walking

virtual reality


Andreas Kunz

ETH Zurich

M. Zank

ETH Zurich

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

T. Nescher

ETH Zurich

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (ISSN)

Vol. 44 257-262