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Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology 2014, Vol. 11(3) 205–210 [1] 2013 The Society for Modeling and Simulation International DOI: 10.1177/1548512913504839 dms.sagepub.com


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The Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) occupies a 192,000 square foot building on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO’s) Pacific Street campus. PKI is home to approximately 85 faculty and 11 academic programs serving 1,800 students from two colleges: the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) College of Engineering and the UNO College of Information Science and Technology. In the summer of 2012, the research team wrote a paper summarizing a year’s worth of research concerning the integration of building information models and virtual worlds. The specific virtual world used was Science Applications International Corporation’s (SAIC’s) On- Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE). This research began when PKI students interested in modeling and simulation established the PKI Society for Computer Simulation International (SCS) Student Chapter and formed a research partnership with SAIC. Through this partnership, the team gained valuable experience with OLIVE and its many existing applications, including collaboration, training, education, and data visualization. It then became apparent that a potential additional application of OLIVE was architectural visualization. Using a virtual world to explore building plans before they are finalized was a significant improvement over traditional architectural renderings because the structure could be seen at any angle instead of at one fixed view point.