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  • 9 augmented reality technologies applied to architecture and construction


    In the era of digital technology development, some augmented reality technologies have begun to penetrate and change the field of civil construction.

    A technological innovation is revolutionizing one of the oldest professions in the world. The augmented reality has just broken the landscape and transformed the civil engineering industry. Changes are seen not only in design and model, but also in construction. Augmented reality benefits the entire construction team: engineers, designers, architects, project managers and service providers.

    Unlike virtual reality, creating a completely new environment and independent of the real world, augmented reality includes virtual elements interacting with what already exists. Therefore, it is possible to combine virtual architecture designs with the reality of the construction site, increasing efficiency and accuracy, reducing errors, saving time, money and resources.

    We know that construction sites are often chaotic, noisy and dirty. Although the application of BIM system minimizes incompatibilities and unpleasant surprises during construction, it is inevitable that doubts and errors occur during construction. And, more importantly, each mistake costs a lot of money and time.

    The idea is that augmented reality applications can provide a more accurate view of what will be built, including all layers of material and settings that are often complex to understand through drawings. For this, 3D plans and even virtual holograms are used to improve project understanding and facilitate project implementation. And even during construction, the ability to see through walls and understand the paths of engineering systems facilitates the process, reduces the possibility of errors and even guides the construction of figures. Complex learning.

    To fully use Augmented Reality, you need a device (usually glasses). Currently, some companies produce AR hardware, but the most common used in construction is Microsoft HoloLens. One of the reasons why home builders choose Microsoft HoloLens is price and the fact that it has been certified as basic protective glass. DAQRI has developed a helmet integrated into the glass, to facilitate greater use for construction professionals.

    One of the areas that will benefit most from augmented reality is construction inspection and management. This concept video shows how work can be facilitated and improved with future technology adoption:

    Morpholio AR Sketchwalk

    AR Sketchwalk is an augmented reality tool that allows designers to use augmented reality to dive into their sketches to give both customers and themselves a sense of spatial authenticity. Using the iPad, you position your sketch in the ground (or ground) and can go through it, erect walls. This makes the experience of presenting a project more interactive and clearer to the customer.

    DAQRI smart helmet

    DAQRI smart helmet is a helmet that is capable of displaying 3D projects and models in augmented reality as a large and large scale 3D environment. Teams can compare work progress with the original design and keep the work and office in sync with the fully digital workflow.


    Measurement application for IOS and Android

    Today, in addition to the AR measure, which we have mentioned here, there are several applications available for the same purpose. IOS 12 even comes with a measurement app installed. They act like a digital ruler, calculating distances in real space using a mobile phone camera. With this app, you can measure objects and also draw plans from a real room. AirMeasure and MeasureKit are some applications for this purpose.


    Augment is an application that allows users to view 3D models in real time and at the right scale, convert a surface into a hologram of a 3D model, or simulate real-sized products. The platform is available for smartphones and tablets and is used by product designers, sales and marketing teams to reduce prototyping costs, increase customer attractiveness, and drive sales. number.


    Fologram turns 3D models into full-size building guides through augmented reality glasses, such as Hololens. The program seeks to facilitate the construction of complex projects that require a range of specific measurements, verifications and care through digital instructions virtually placed on the workspace. , directing step by step instructions for masons during the construction process.



    GAMMA AR is a construction site monitoring application that uses augmented reality technology to overlay BIM 3D buildings via a smartphone or tablet. It allows you to compare the reality of the job with the planning information contained in the project. GAMMA AR allows 3D BIM models to be previewed and built during the construction process, creating understanding of planning, avoiding errors and reducing construction costs.


    WakingApp, an augmented reality software company, recently released add-ons that allow Autodesk Revit and Fusion 360 users to turn their 3D designs into augmented reality and virtual reality via electricity. smartphone or tablet.


    ARki is a real-time augmented reality visual service for architectural models. It incorporates RA technology into architecture by providing 3D models with multiple levels of interaction for both design and presentation purposes. Can be used on any iOS / Android device.

    Dalux View / Dalux Build / Dalux FM

    The Danish company Dalux provides three augmented reality solutions for civil engineering. Dalux Viewer is a free application available on iOS and Android platforms and allows users to design 3D models and digital drawings on actual construction sites. Dalux Build combines augmented reality with other tools to help manage projects under construction more easily, ensuring uninterrupted flow of information through all phases of the project. On the other hand, DaluxFM provides solutions for facility management, including property planning and management, including contracts for outsourced and integrated services, maintenance of electricity and water, and inspection of facilities. rent control, as well as maintenance activities at the construction site. (TH / Designs)