Masaya Furukawa, Sonam Tshewang, Ryu Nakagawa
This work is a VR experience allowing interactive observation of the seismic construction process of rammed earth houses, a traditional Bhutanese architectural method. Opening a UI panel and pressing play button, you see a seismic rammed earth body image assembling on the panel, simultaneously constructing a full-sized seismic rammed earth body before you. It features pause and scrub playback like a video player. Touching various points on the panel’s image teleports you for closer inspection of the structure and seismic reinforcement (rebar and concrete of RC bands). Created under the SATREPS project, ‘Project for Evaluation and Mitigation of Seismic Risk for Composite Masonry Buildings in Bhutan,’ it’s used in disaster and constructor education by Bhutan’s Department of Disaster Management (DDM).