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Can architects use augmented reality? - Kylee

We are learning about augmented reality in STEM camp. Could AR be used to design and build building?

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Garrett’s Answer

Absolutely! AR in achritecture is taking off . AR can give architects X-ray like vision, inspections , renovations , and even new building . Web3D is also taking off to help achitects as well and it’s only getting more advanced !

Thank you comment icon In addition to Garrett's answer, AR and VR is also being used to showcase architects designs to owners. There are also programs that allow trade contractors to see electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems within the building before they are built. This is definitely a tool that is seeing growth in our industry! Christian Riley
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Samuel’s Answer

Yes, this is the wave of the near future. Design is conducted in 4D or 5D modeling (both Architecture and Engineering) with metadata supplied for the visual members of the structure and likely the interior, too, combined with the HVAC and Electrical Systems. The model is used for visual aspects of the work as well as to check against during construction and for visual aids with showing the proposed building to the public or owners. The metadata adds specification information so that, in additional to checking dimensional accuracy during construction, other specs can be checked as well. Examples of other specifications may include material type, color, procedure, fastening, coatings, and other properties. All of this can be used for Quality Assurance during construction, which is required during the construction process. Instead of the current methods of measuring and going through 2D spec books, the field engineer will look at a 'digital twin' of the designed building through a HaloLens or a tablet, and compare that with the actual work in a Mixed Reality (MR) view (an MR view will show the design layered over a real space view of the work zone so that the viewer can see both layers, work taking place plus design, together). When the field engineer (sometimes an inspector) is satisfied with the dimensional properties seen through the Lens/Tablet as well as the other specified properties, they will 'assure' that the work is in compliance with the specification and 'accept' the work. The owner will then know that the work can be compensated.

Samuel recommends the following next steps:

When looking into colleges, make sure their A/E departments emphasize design with 3D/4D/5D modeling.
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