Did you know that with current technology we can now ‘see’ what is behind walls and ceilings?
The integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Augmented Reality (AR) can provide an effective solution for common construction issues. For example, this can help reduce the time required to complete maintenance on a building as the trial-and-error approach of identifying building components would no longer be necessary. To explore the effectiveness of this method, I created a BIM model of a room with its mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) information. I then superimposed the model onto the room using AR visualisation devices. A walk-through analysis was conducted to test the accuracy and effectiveness of the model. Although there were some small inaccuracies and misalignments, this approach proved to be a useful and immersive way to visualise building components.
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Vishak is a PhD student at the School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies. His research focuses on digital twins and cyber-physical energy systems optimisation. Having a particular research interest for digital engineering, he has been involved in several research projects, including the Grand Challenge Smart City Sensing Project and the Calibration of Environmental Monitoring Sensors Project.
His research interests include integration of technologies in engineering: Augmented Reality (AR), Building Information Modeling (BIM), Sensors, Digital Twin, Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (CPES), Building Simulation and 3D Printing.
Find out more on the integration of BIM and AR from the following publications:
Dudhee V & Vukovic V. (2021) Building Information Model Visualisation in Augmented Reality. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-02-2021-0021
Dudhee V & Vukovic V. (2021) Integration of Building Information Modelling and Augmented Reality for Building Energy Systems Visualisation. In: Mporas I., Kourtessis P., Al-Habaibeh A., Asthana A., Vukovic V., Senior J. (eds) Energy and Sustainable Futures. Springer Proceedings in Energy. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63916-7_11