Imagine looking from your mobile camera at the project site, and you see the full design model in actual size and exact location, all before breaking the ground!

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Augmented Reality is a new technology that seems to have come with a promise that will change BIM and improve the way construction industry visualizes buildings and manages projects. BIM and the building construction in general will get more intuitive, interactive and communicative.

Augmented Reality benefits in many areas not limited to:

1.      Business development; imagine the impact of being able to take potential clients on a walking virtual tour of a design scheme while on the site.

2.      Design visualization; at all phases. Any time there’s data to be visualized, there’s a good case for AR

3.      Design analysis;. With AR, virtually any analysis a Building Team already does on screen—seismic analysis, acoustic performance, structural modeling, etc

4.      Design assistance and constructability review; Being able to perform constructability review during construction with both the consultant and contractor standing in the same space has tremendous potential for enhancing communication and confidence, as well as cost and time savings.

5.      Scheduling and site logistics planning; AR can extend 4D scheduling tools to the project site, enabling a real-time look at the actual progress of a construction project compared to the planned progress.

6.      Quality control, and inspections; an inspector can make sure all the sleeves are in the right location before they complete formwork for a shear wall.

7.      Safety; AR can enable teams to do spatial safety audits, making sure, for example, work isn’t taking place above or below other critical work.

8.      Commissioning; With AR, you can overlay metadata onto the assets in the facility and extend what has taken place during punch listing and inspections.

9.      Facility operations and maintenance; Provided that the BIM model is updated to offer an accurate representation of what was built, facilities professionals can use AR to look behind walls, above ceilings, and below floors without ever touching the space. A facility engineer could easily check where building systems reside without performing destructive demolition and surveying.

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