VR Lab Projects

  • WindCOE (2015-2018)Interreg Botnia-Atlantica project WINDCOE - NORDIC WIND ENERGY CENTER


    The aim of the project is to establish a competence center within wind power in a cold climate. The center will address questions like handling ice accretion as well as analyzing noise and wind resources.

    Project description
    With the developed competence center, it is possible to deal with wind energy issues in cold climates from a multidisciplinary perspective and work on these issues will facilitate the sustainable development of wind power in the Nordic countries. Advances in passive ice accretion materials and airfoil designs will be incorporated into future designs of wind turbine blades to allow accommodation for the cold environment effects. Knowledge in understanding the Nordic atmosphere's effect on wind turbine source acoustics and its propagation will be implemented in noise modeling software to allow more accurate estimates of wind turbine acoustics in the future. The long term results will affect wind energy profitability and social acceptance simultaneously. In this way, WindCoE is poised to improve the relationship between the wind industry and the societies of the Nordic countries in a positive way. The center will move into its next phase by identifying the most significant issue requiring technological change and public understanding in the wind industry's future.


    Nordland fylkeskommune (NO), Høgskolen i Narvik (NO), Umeå University (SE), Regional Council of Ostrobothnia (FI), Novia University of Applied Sciences (FI), Uppsala University (SE), University of Vaasa (FI), Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (FI), University Consortium of Seinäjoki (FI)

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  • EVICURES (2014-2016)Development of User Based Intensive and Intermediate Care Facility Design Model

    The EVICURES project is developing a new user-friendly design model for intensive and intermediate care facilities. In this model, staff, management, patients and their families, and corporate, hospital district and other cooperation partners jointly participate in the design work from day one. EVICURES is the first project to study evidence-based design (EBD) activities in Finland, and draws on research information on EBD, users' views, and an extensive multidisciplinary network and its innovation expertise. In addition, the design of operations seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of intensive care and increase patient and staff satisfaction. The model will be used to design and build Finland's first 19-bed EBD intensive and intermediate care unit at the Seinäjoki Central Hospital.


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  • CoTHREE (2013-2014)Participatory design information acquisition process for identifying the housing needs in the Third Age

    CoTHREE project's overall aim is to develop new methods of customer insight development and identification of user needs for the use of both business and public sector . During the project, participatory design knowledge acquisition process is researched and piloted where users and designers will produce information about the implementation of the pre-defined design target. Companies and organizations of various design areas are able to take advantage of the information retrieval model.

    Partners: University Consortium of Seinäjoki, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences School of Culture (co-ordinator) and the University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute.

    Budget: 189 849 EUR.  

    Project duration: 6/2013-6/2014

  • CoGen (2011-2012)Co-operative Design with Virtual Tools

    Collaborative design method, which involves gradual visualization of results and experience in the virtual space. The method uses gradually future workshops, which survey both the current and desired future images of different topics.

    Participants will receive a workbook about a week before the future of the workshop, which is asked to fill out and bring with them to the workshop. Participants will discuss, prioritize and vote on the various stages of the workshop themes and ideas to be developed in the next step.

  • HospiCaseY (2009-2011)A project of Tekes Tila program

    User-driven Y-house (HospiCaseY) project was intended to apply the approach in the Y-house design and construction, where users' vision is utilized.

    The project was divided into two parallel projects: South Ostrobothnia Hospital District planning processes in developmental and exploratory HospiCaseY-Process Project and UKI Architects Ltd's HospiCaseY-Business project generating business models. The project was implemented during 2009-2010 and 2008-2012 was part of Tekes Tila program.

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  • Virtual Cabin Design (2008-2011)A project of Tekes MASI program

    New technology developed by Tampere Technical University and Ruukki saves many stages in the design of cabins for mobile machines.

    Collaboration between the Tampere University of Technology’s (TUT) virtual reality laboratory and Ruukki have provided new tools to design cabins for mobile machines. Three-dimensional visualization can be used to evaluate cabin and tool function and literally put you in the picture.

  • VIRVO (2006-2009)A project of Tekes MASI program

    Within many industrial sectors control, remote and fault prevention are increasingly significant part of the operational process. While procedures are being automated, right, fast and safe performance of tasks is all the more critical tasks. In plants and processes the downtime costs are often very high (e.g., power plants, mines, etc.), and therefore require the prepared routines and instructions for locating failures and fault correction.

    3D modeling and virtual reality (VR) are relatively new tools of critical tasks and remote planning, implementation and training of workers. In this project examined the suitability of the above tools and the required level, as well as developed and tested methods for industrial critical tasks and remote operation planning, implementation and training.

    The result was a generic system, operating models, and tools that were applied and tested in the case companies. Application targets were remote operation, servicing and maintenance planning of demanding industrial plant environments.

    The project was funded by TEKES modeling and simulation technology program (MASI). The project was carried out by ROViR Centre in cooperation with VTT, TUT /IHA and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

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  • HospiTool (2006-2008)Tekes FinnWell program project
    For example, HUS, Helsinki-Uusimaa Healthcare District, municipalities and joint municipal authorities have identified the concept knowledge as one of key requirements, when starting to develop cooperation among several players.

    HospiTool project developed user evidence based business models, processes, tools and technology in the functional space planning and evaluation so that end users of the premises may reliably assess their functional and aesthetic qualities. A clear need is in focusing, as along with concept development there must be products and solutions springing up capable of exporting swiftly to practice.

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  • PreFabHouse3D (2005-2006)A project of Competence Center for Intelligence Technologies

    The aim of PreFabHouse3D project was to develop software and method to enable prefabricated house manufacturer to visualize in the CAVE different prefabricated house options in different lighting conditions, as well as to change the materials and colors of surfaces (floors, ceilings, walls) according to customer's wishes, as well as to select the readymade 3D models of kitchen appliances and furniture at a later stage.

  • Visualization of a digital mail sorting center (2005-2006)A sub project of Means of Production Technology project

    Objective of the project was to model the digital postal sorting center for Lakeuden Levytyö Oy (now Formia Lakeus). With a model built for laptop use LLT may present the digital postal center's activities for customers. What is essential in the model is more efficient mail sorting operations thanks to system's sorting frame, PC-based control software, as well as a database connection, photoelectric sensors, indicator lights and liquid crystal displays, accessories, i.e. the scales and bar code reader.

    The model was designed to highliht the additional value to the customer brought by LLT's digital postal center brought compared to competitors' products. These include space savings, faster delivery and automatic collection of distribution information. With the model a product may be introduced to customer without the need for a physical product itself.

    In the simulation model, the essential factors are the physical structure and size of the product and product functionality. The model may take advantage of LLT's ready made product designs. In addition, ergonomics is an important component of the product and its marketing. The project will also provide information about how the simulation can be utilized in the design of the product ergonomics.

  • 3D Bridge (2005-2006)A project of European Union Culture 2000 -program

    The starting point for the project was cherishing the European cultural heritage, study and practical application of the results of the study to building protection. The project aimed to develop new technological tools for cherishing cultural heritage. The project developed an open source based software application and tested for its suitability in various European cultural heritage sites and compiled the project knowledge and experience for the use of people working in the field. The project was funded by the Culture 2000 program.

    The project aimed to develop an open-source based new technological tools for users to research and preservation of cultural heritage. The project aimed to highlight the cultural heritage study and preservation of common European content rising from different geographical, ecological and cultural terms of the areas. The project aimed to transfer European cultural heritage for the media generation language of the future society by promoting cultural literacy.

    The 3D-Bridge project was part of European Union's Culture 2000 program, it was managed by the University of Jyväskylä, and the aim of the sub project was to create a 3D model of St. Trinitatis Church (Holy Trinity Church), located in Liepaja, Latvia, for CAVE visualization, bring the 3D model to the public in an open format, and monitoring the possible subsidence of the church building.

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  • Virtual Frami (2005-2006)Seinäjoki Technology Center Frami Ltd

    Seinäjoki Technology Centre Ltd, the current Frami Ltd. has ordered the VR laboratory a virtual 3D model of the Technology Center Frami's D-building facilities for marketing, a model viewer program for the CAVE and a study for a prospective video projector ensemble Science Frami main hall.

    The complex consisted of several 3D models, and traveled between the models was achieved by using VRML anchors.

  • Virtual Seinäjoki (2005...)City of Seinäjoki

    Virtual Seinäjoki project began in 2005, as a contract work from the Seinäjoki Cityplanning unit. VR-laboratory was ordered a 3D model of the center of Seinäjoki, as well as a program for model for visualization and manipulation. 3D model of the buildings contained in an area limited to the streets Puskantie, Valtionkatu, Kauppakatu and Työväenkatu. In addition, the model consisted of Technology Center Frami area. The project lasted for a few months, but unofficially, it is still going on.

    3D model input data was originally the 2D base map of the city center containing measurement points indicating altitudes above sea level, and using this information a 3D model was created from 2D surface that was texture mapped with an aerial photo-material shot in year 2004. Initially, modeling was carried out using paper elevation drawings, but the after laser scanning of the center of the city in 2009, the terrain model as well as the building models were translated in digital format and updated. However, much work still remains in the finishing and texturing of the 3D models.

    Virtual Seinäjoki has been extended by students internship, and the community of modelers over the years has been a couple of dozen. The model currently has about 140 buildings, and those have been published in the Google Earth database. The model is fully viewable SeAMK CAVE.

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