A Virtual Reality Bushfire Mitigation Tool for Community Consultation

Walker, Arron R., Gard, Stephan, Williamson, Brian J., & Bell, John M. (2006) A Virtual Reality Bushfire Mitigation Tool for Community Consultation. In Bushfire Conference 2006, 6-9 June 2006, Brisbane.


Instigating fire prevention and mitigation procedures within the rural/urban interface can save properties and lives. Councils and fire services can only do so much to prevent bushfire spread and damage within these areas. It is highly desirable that local communities to take responsibility for fire prevention and mitigation on their own properties.

Changing people’s fire prevention and mitigation behaviours can only occur through effective education and consultation processes. This paper presents a virtual reality bushfire mitigation tool that will facilitate community consultation, and thus stimulate behavioural change with regard to fire mitigation. Virtual reality can visualise the effect mitigation can have in saving properties through using an interactive 3D interface that is readily understandable by the general public. This was achieved though a game-like application that allows users to change the vegetation and building configuration on their property. The users can run a fire simulation over the property and easily see the effect that their fire mitigation procedures would have on a fire front as it passes through their property.

This contribution will improve community bushfire awareness and stimulate behavioural change which will directly reduce property damage and potentially save lives within the rural/urban interface.

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ID Code: 5085
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information or a copy of this article contact the author ar.walker@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: virtual reality, bushfire, simulation, fire modelling, consultation tool
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING (080100) > Virtual Reality and Related Simulation (080111)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:23

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