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Greg and Annie Stevens Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering Lab

Virtually Bringing Buildings to Life

The Greg and Annie Stevens Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering Lab is a cutting edge virtual and mixed reality lab. We provide researchers, students and local stakeholders within the larger Dayton community an advanced visualization system and toolset that fosters research in smart, sustainable, resilient and reliable infrastructure systems to take on the engineering challenges of today and tomorrow. 

The lab is not just for civil engineers. UD researchers in artificial intelligence will help refine techniques to help automate detection of building defects and experts in human factors and psychology will examine how people interact with the building to see if the building is user friendly.

male and female students wearing VR headset examining building virtual infrastructure similar to 360 degree theatre


  • Users load blueprints or any other computer-aided design drawings, or sensor data into the system, which then goes beyond photo mockups by creating a virtual facility in which users can float up, down, side-to-side, through walls, onto the roof or into the basement similar to 360-degree theaters
  • Wrap-around projection VR system covers an area of 300 square feet and serves as an immersive classroom environment where students can interact with and observe 1:1 scale job sites, equipment and data analytics and visualizations without ever having to leave campus
  • Highly accurate motion tracking to allow individuals and groups of users to physically walk through previsualizations of critical construction projects
  • Multi-user eye tracking VR headset systems give students and researchers a fully immersive experience to closely examine how participants experience an environment before it is constructed and use this data to inform design decisions and future projects

Want to Experience the Lab for Yourself?

Watch a video of our virtual story by The Circuit News


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Dr. Robert Liang, Director

Kettering Laboratories
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0243