Trimble and Aecom are working to create the world's first use of Microsoft HoloLens "mixed-reality" technology for engineering and construction. Through a lightweight headset, HoloLens technology adds holograms of 3D objects into a user's view, allowing interaction with these virtual objects as if they were present. Trimble's innovative mixed-reality solutions allow AECOM to feed 3D engineering models into the HoloLens world, including models of large or complex projects.
Aecom is using HoloLens devices and Trimble technologies for projects including the Serpentine Galleries’ annual architecture programme in London. The Serpentine Galleries’ programme this year includes four Summer Houses with complex, unconventional structures. The new technology aided in visualisation and design review. With Trimble solutions, the designers and engineers can view a structure as if it were a 3D model placed on a table, or zoom in for a 1:1 view that simulates what it would be like to move through its structural framework.
"Exploring complex structures in a mixed-reality environment has huge potential to accelerate the engineering design process," AECOM president Stephen M. Kadenacy says. "With this technology we can gain greater clarity earlier in the design review process than with 2D drawings or 3D models on screen, and team members in different locations, each wearing a headset, can simultaneously explore the same holographic projections. We're very excited to be working with Trimble at the cutting edge of mixed reality."
With the Serpentine Galleries, AECOM and Trimble pioneered the application of HoloLens-enabled technology to the built environment. This year the Serpentine Galleries' program includes four Summer Houses with complex, unconventional structures and the new technology has aided in visualization and design review.
"As an early adopter of Microsoft HoloLens, AECOM is already demonstrating the value of mixed reality in the architecture, engineering and construction industry," Bryn Fosburgh, vice president at Trimble says. "Aided by Trimble solutions and the HoloLens in a business setting, the company is learning first-hand how the technology can improve efficiency and enable effective collaboration throughout the design process."
With Trimble solutions, AECOM designers and engineers can view a complex structure as if it were a 3D model placed on a table, or zoom in for a 1:1 view that simulates what it would be like to move through its structural framework.
This shared experience allows team members to physically point out potential difficulties or unforeseen conflicts in an evolving design. Trimble's solutions allow participants to log observations and create a group action plan during the session.