VSimulators at Bath

VSimulators at Bath

VSimulators at Bath is a building sway motion and environment simulator based at, and managed by, the University of Bath.

It is part of the joint VSimulators facility co-located between the Universities of Bath and Exeter (please see separate equipment page for VSimulators at Exeteraimed at exploring human response to vibrations and environmental effects 

VSimulators is designed to support fundamental and applied research in human tolerance and performance within the built environment. VSimulators at Bath consists of a room which physically replicates large amplitude sway motion and which has a controllable internal environment (light, sound, temperature and humidity) coupled with virtual reality to simulate internal and external surroundings. 

The facility enables multi-disciplinary research in a range of fields including structural engineering, building physics, physiology, health, psychology, defence and movement science, as well as supporting applied research in structural design of tall buildings in particular 

VSimulators at Bath is able to provide an immersive experience in a virtual building environment, such as at an office, apartment or hospital which, coupled with motion and/or environmental stimuli, will help researchers to understand how people’s comfort, health and productivity are affected by the buildings they live and work in This will lead to evidence for the development of rational design criteria for both tall structures and building environments and allows industry and clients to directly judge vibration and environmental performance as part of a user-centred design process. 

The facility was launched in 2019. 

Who can use the facility Functions/facilities available

Academic researchers


VSimulators equipment

Industry (applied research and consultancy) Equipment, use of meeting facilities 
PhD students Equipment, workspace 
VSimulators logo

Facility highlights

  • £1.8m EPSRC investment
  • 3x4x3m high test room
  • Bi-axial lateral motion (and added possibility of yaw motion) maximum amplitude up to +/-400mm in both directions, frequency range 0.05-6Hz, accelerations from 0.004 to 0.6m/s2
  • Projected 2-D and 3-D virtual reality 

Environmental control of: 

  • Horizontal illuminance (50-2000 lux)
  • Light colour temperature (2000-6500K) 
  • Relative humidity (20 -80%)
  • Air temperature (15 – 40 degrees C)
  • Radiant temperature (15 – 40 degrees C)
  • Sound (0-100 Lp dB)

Find out more 

Visit website

Contact Dr Antony Darby 


Watch the VSimulators presentation or download the slides as a PDF.