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Proceedings of BSA Conference 2017: Third Conference of IBPSA-Italy


The Development and Verification of a Computational Tool for the Evaluation of the Visual Accessibility of Architectural Spaces

Dawid Wolosiuk, Harald Hofstätter, Ardeshir Mahdavi

Abstract: The present paper presents a tool for the assessment of the visual performance of spaces, especially with regard to the requirements of visually impaired people. This tool was one of the key deliverables of a recently completed project (ViDeA) addressing the special architecturally relevant needs of the visually impaired building users. Implementation of building regulations related to visual accessibility in a reliable manner (during design process) requires expert knowledge and the use of sophisticated visual simulation software. Toward this end, the tool attempts to facilitate the accurate evaluation of visual conditions in the proposed designs. The paper describes the general structure and implementation details. It also documents the preliminary verification of the tool based on a case study of an underground metro station.
Pages: 333 - 338