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Auto AR – In Situ Visualization for Building Information Modelling

: Oppermann, L.

ERCIM News (2015), No.103, pp.18-19
ISSN: 0926-4981
Journal Article
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Being able to explore vast outdoor scenery, cityscapes, or the interior of virtual buildings is the state of the art for video gamers. But city planners and building owners usually still have to settle with blueprints, rendered movies, and miniature models. Fraunhofer FIT’s innovative “Auto AR” system allows the user to experience virtual building models on site, almost as if they were already built.

Workflows in architecture, engineering and construction are currently undergoing the second major renewal in the past 20 years. After the significant move from ink-based drawings to Computer Aided Design (CAD) came the move to full 3D building models. Those models are now continuously linked with additional meta-data and regarded as the central digital model of the whole building process. The resulting digital collaboration process is also known as Building Information Modelling (BIM). It is considered to be a game changer to successful building in the future, and is described in government strategy plans of several countries, including the UK [1] and Germany [2]. The underlying assumption is that digitally facilitated collaboration will enable better teamwork and thus greater efficiency and better outcomes for all stakeholders.