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Toolbox: 3 Augmented Reality Apps for the Jobsite

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 07:10 AM

Augmented Reality (AR) continues to refine and enhance the way jobsite teams work. The benefits of this technology are felt throughout design and construction phases. In this post, we concentrate on utilizing AR during the physical construction phase. Field teams are using AR to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. Computer-generated input allows for visual comparison, real-time collaboration, and onsite problem solving. Simply put, AR enables visualization of design as it relates to physical construction environment.

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

Exploring Indoor Positioning Systems for Construction

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 07:03 AM

A sense of place and space is the main area of focus throughout the design and construction project phases. As you are well aware, there is a range of technologies allowing users to experience a space. For example, augmented reality technologies coupled with global position systems allow users to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or global positioning (GPS) data. Virtual reality technologies allow users to interact with a project model prototype and test design prior to physical construction. However, once a building becomes enclosed as a result of physical construction, global position systems no longer works. In this post, we explore indoor positioning systems (IPS) as an option to pick up where GPS leaves off.

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology, Indoor Positioning Systems (IPS)

7 Solid Reasons Why Augmented Reality is Here To Stay

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Feb 19, 2015 @ 14:02 PM

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably noticed the design and construction industry is rapidly evolving with new, emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is just one of the many technologies positively impacting the way project teams work. AR allows designers and builders to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. This post touches on why the technology’s range and depth of application is truly groundbreaking.

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Topics: Business, Gear + Apps, Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

Linking to Build Using QR Codes and Augmented Reality Apps

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 14:08 PM

Think about what you could do with the ability to “link” key project information to a location within a building that houses key systems. Now take that ability and imagine what it would be like to access this information from your smart phone or tablet device. That would be pretty cool, right?

This capability is currently being used on active construction projects.  The concept of “linking” requires Quick Response (QR) codes. Most people can recognize a QR code when they see one – however, do they actually use them to tag information on a project? QR codes offer the opportunity to create a more connected building thus making the issue of digital competency even more important to design and construction practices. 

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Topics: Augmented Reality, Construction Technology

Phasing BIM, Virtual and Augmented Reality to Support a Project’s Lifecycle

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 15:07 PM

When you think of a project’s lifecycle, chances are virtual and augmented reality technologies may not immediately come to mind.  In recent years, mobile technologies have changed the face of design and construction by becoming tools that support traditional methods, allowing people to conduct business on the go.  You will find mobile combined with virtual and augmented reality technologies empowers clients, designers and builders alike.

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Topics: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), BIM

Reasons to be Pumped About Augmented Reality on the Construction Site

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 11:07 AM

Augmented reality (AR), or the ability to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or GPS data), is all the rage on construction sites.  AR applications are generating a buzz and quickly gaining momentum on active jobsites near you.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Augmented Reality, Construction Technology