Augmented Reality in the Architecture and Construction Industry

Augmented Reality (AR) is a new key technology for presenting building projects or designs that superimposes virtual 2D or 3D computer-generated images onto real-world images, in real time using an Android or Apple Smartphone / Tablet device. With Augmented Reality (AR), you can trigger 3D models from 2D plans, thus adding new dimension to a 3D model.

The goal of AR technology is to enhance current perception of reality, not alter it. The most obvious advantage of AR for architects lies in the area of design visualisation - particularly when it comes to communicating concepts and ideas to clients, permitting users to interact with a virtual model overlaid upon its physical context in reality.

The design industry currently depends on CAD tools, graphics software, physical sketches and models. However, the current progress in AR technology could transform the sector by improving visualization, design process, design collaboration and overall efficiency in the sector.
Another key benefit is the capacity for portability, as models could be viewed on smartphones or tablets. This allows immediate access to a higher volume of information without needing large models or rolls of paper that are easily damaged. These factors could greatly reduce costs, and be less environmentally damaging than current tangible systems.

Step 1: Go to Google Playstore (For this edition of Professions and Projects Register, the app is only available for Android phones. 

Step 2: Search for the Professions and Project Register AR app.

Step 3: Download and install

Step 4: Open the app. Wait for the yellow bar at the top to load. Now point your Android smartphone/tablet at the front cover of the Professions and Project Register 2015 magazine or to the images to left that will show the 3D model concept and start to interact with these contents.

Augmented Reality (AR) - 3D Model Concept – 

Download the Professions and Project Register AR app and experience this new technology first hand.


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