On December 3, 2015, Civil & Environmental Engineering: Design of Metal Structures (CEE413) used a cluster of Oculus Rift head-mounted displays to visualize buckling metal columns in virtual reality. The cluster is configured in the 3D Lab’s Jugular software so that the instructor leads a guided tour using a joystick while three students follow his navigation . This configuration allows the instructor to control movement around the virtual object while students are only able to look around.
This is the fourth year that CEE413 has used 3D Lab facilities to aid in teaching this material, and the third year that they have used the Oculus Rifts. During the first year, they used the MIDEN. While we offer both options, the MIDEN may be preferable for people who are more susceptible to simulator sickness with the Rift, or who depend on prescription eye-wear that does not fit in the Rift.