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Augmented Reality Holds Promise of Enhancing Interpretations of Modeling Data

Austin, TX, April 8, 2013 — Fiatech has released a new report on augmented reality that it has completed in collaboration with the UK-based organization, COMIT, or Construction Opportunities in Mobile IT. The publication, “Advancing Asset Knowledge through the Use of Augmented Reality Technologies,” covers the first two phases of the three-phase study. The third phase is now in design. 

Other Fiatech and COMIT members involved in the project include Bechtel, Bentley Systems, Bosch, Costain PLC, Crossrail Ltd, Korec, and Network Rail. The overall objective of the joint project is to demonstrate the application of augmented reality and how it can facilitate current industry processes and exchanges of information. The project team also is examining the business value and viability of the augmented reality technology.

Augmented Reality is defined as “a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual, computer-generated imagery.” Virtual Reality Modeling (VRM), in current use on some capital projects, provides an alternative perspective to designs through an interactive mock-up of 3D models. Now, both Fiatech and COMIT believe augmented reality has great potential to add to such alternative perspectives.

Augmented reality, through its use of live streaming video feeds and object identification using GPS, is intended to help site personnel more efficiently interpret the growing amount of onsite digital information. The use of 3D models and handheld devices, coupled with augmented reality technology, has the potential to enable a site operator, engineer, or maintenance technician to better undertand advanced modeling data. In addition, it will allow these personnel to work in a more direct and intuitive way than they would with written instructions or electronic manuals.

The report on Phases I and II details two test beds that were used in evaluating augmented reality. Both are actual construction projects in the UK. Arrangements for the sites were coordinated with Costain PLC. One is a highway project, the other an underground railway station in London. Download the report here. For more information, contact Stuart Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.