4D BIM for Construction

Augmented Reality App Allows Integration With BIM Models

Posted by Nick Mann on Oct 25, 2013 7:24:00 PM

As the construction and risk management industries endeavour to find new ways to increase efficiency, improve quality and team collaboration, does the combining of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Augmented Reality offer a solution?

The application of Augmented Reality has been moving ahead over the last 4-5 years, from academic research domains into new emerging practical applications that can be used in industry. One such application is the recent beta-release of SmartReality.

This solution effectively presents a Revit BIM model overlaid on 2D plans. Imagine a complete project team in a design review meeting zooming in on the 3D BIM model each with the ability to highlight different aspects of the project, explode the model to expose details and discuss options. What efficiency and quality improvements can be gained by the application of this type of solution? SmartReality are inviting industry professionals to take part in the beta-release and feedback their views and findings.

To use SmartReality, clients will need to establish an account with the company, and then submit their site plan or maps (usually in a PDF file), clearly marking the locations where they wish to see AR objects. Within 24-72 hours SmartReality will deliver back the project allowing the client team to view it in 3D by focusing their mobile device (iPad or iPhone) on the paper plan file. Too good to be true? See this in action and view this SmartReality demo video.



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