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Built Environment

Built Environment

VSimulators supports research into the transformation of construction, methods for modular design and material use which contributes to reductions in embodied energy. The combined facilities will enable architects, owners, users, interior design consultancies and contractors to explore a building or other structures during the design stage, and address design issues before construction starts. Users will be immersed into a realistic virtual twin extracted from the design information, creating a near realistic experience, complete with motion, audio and visual stimulus.


VSimulators will enable research and investigations into

  • Bespoke design of vibration sensitive structures
  • Off site manufacturing
  • Immersive reality in guiding the construction process
  • Exploration of data for standard and guideline development
  • Updates to design codes
  • Reduction in workplace productivity from environmental factors
  • Structural interventions
  • Pedestrian dynamics and human factor responses
  • Environmental improvements


Research in this sector can be supported by access to our academics in Vibration Engineering, Architecture & Civil Engineering, and Human Factors.


The video clips below and Case Study links provide insights on how VSimulators can support commercial research, development and innovation.


Research Funding Opportunities

Research funding is available under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, particularly within the Transforming Construction sector, with an increasing demand for innovation lead solutions to industry challenges.


Please contact us if you wish to discuss a research idea.

Chris Pembridge (WSP) talks about how VSimulators will support innovation in his industry.

Gillian Browning (BuroHappold) explains the use of VSimulators for structural engineering, their clients and design.

Paul Reynolds discusses vibrations within structures and how VSimulators will explore the perceptible limits

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Capella Biosciences Research Laboratory - Off Site Construction

A consultancy project with PCE Ltd ensured the Capella Biosciences Research Laboratory could be constructed off-site whilst still meeting stringent vibration control requirements

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Dancing on the Sky Bridges at the National Gallery, Singapore

100 pedestrians danced to music by Daft Punk, Beastie Boys and Stardust whilst a research team from Full Scale Dynamics Ltd (FSDL) and the Vibration Engineering Section at University of Exeter evaluated the vibration serviceability of the two sky bridges crossing the atrium at the National Gallery in Singapore

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Studying Synchronisation In Pedestrians on Footbridges

Human-structure vibrations generated by pedestrians on structures, particularly footbridges, is an important area for civil engineers. Walking tests on a 110m long, single tower, cable-stayed footbridge in Exeter enabled researchers to study synchronisation amongst pedestrians on the bridge.

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