The planning of the UK's flood defences is to get a helping hand from a 3D virtual world-based computer game. FloodRanger, set in a fictional region over a 100-year period, helps planners and engineers work out strategies to cope with real-life flooding. As in other virtual world games, like SimCity, players have God-like control, so social, economic and environmental decisions have knock-on effects. It was developed as part of the DTI's Foresight flood defence project.
Expect a lot more such "applications" to arrive in the workplace and in Education over the next year.
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