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AR in Architecture Industry

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Prerita Agarwal
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23 Jul, 2024 @ 01:30 PM

Introduction

Forget about the time when a virtual tour of a building happened only in science-fiction movies or video games because today's technology has enabled us to encounter this immersive and enveloping experience like never before. We have primarily heard about augmented reality as an entertainment device, underlying the fact that it can also be used in fields such as architecture and design. In the modern world, AR technology helps the designers, builders, and architects to plan the blueprints perfectly and later visualise the complete design even before the construction is completed.

AR Architecture Model

In AR, a 3D model of a construction design can be mapped on an actual existing space using specially designed mobile applications. A smartphone can scan the diagram to show the real coordinates by projecting the design virtually. This provides acute details and helps customers to make informed decisions. Today many augmented reality house apps can be used for renovation and home improvements.

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AR Technologies for Architecture and Construction

Morpholio AR Sketchwalk

It is an augmented reality tool that can allow designers and clients to dive into their sketches. Using an iPad, you can walk through the walls, position your sketch according to the plan and even make changes.

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DAQRI Smart Helmet

It is a helmet capable of visualising projects and 3D models in augmented reality as an immersive and large-scale 3D environment.

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Augment

It is used by product designers, and sales and marketing teams to view 3D models in real-time. It also transforms a plan into a 3D model hologram.

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Fologram

It transforms complete construction instruction using 3D models with the help of augmented reality.

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ARki

An augmented reality visualisation service for architectural models uses RA technology in the architecture. It comes with multiple levels of interactivity for both presentation and design purposes.

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Advantages of AR in the construction industry

With the ability to combine virtual architectural designs with the reality of the construction site, augmented reality increases the accuracy, efficiency, and decreases the occurrence of errors. Some primary advantages of this technology are-

  1. Improved Presentation
    Usually, a customer does not speak a designer's language; this creates a significant roadblock for architects to understand their customer's needs entirely. With the help of AR, customers can get the feel of the buildings before the construction process begins while making it easier for designers in the design decision-making process.
     
  2. Shorten the sales cycle
    AR can help in multi-million dollar projects when the clients want to test their buildings before they are constructed. It can provide a view of what their property may look like when the construction is complete. This can be very useful while selling premium spaces and large buildings during construction.
     
  3. Additional Information Supply
    Unlike any other product, every house and building is unique. Every stadium or hospital is different. Hence, construction is a constantly evolving information space. Also, we may be required to make any significant change between the actual development process. Hence, in this field the documentation is continually changing. AR helps us in this by planning out and executing construction in advance before physically building it so that it is flawless afterwards.
     
  4. Training
    AR can decrease the need for direct supervision by giving new employees direct instruction to execute potentially hazardous jobs. By integrating the entire workplace training module into the AR platform, we can decrease the chances of injuries or severe risks on-site.
     
  5. Inspection
    Inspecting for errors is one of the most obvious uses of AR in this field. With augmented reality, builders can instantly compare what’s been built by snapping photos, using QR codes, and adding and revising virtual notes compared to the BIM model.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is augmented reality?
    Augmented reality (AR) augments your surroundings by adding digital elements to a live view. It is often done by using a camera on a smartphone.
     
  2. How is AR different from VR?
    AR uses a real-world setting while VR is entirely virtual.
     
  3. What are the examples of AR applications in real life?
    Snapchat, Google street view, Pokemon Go, and Microsoft Hololens are some of the examples of AR applications in real life.

Conclusion

I hope this blog helped you provide some meaningful insights on how AR can be helpful in the architecture industry. While AR is still in its infancy, there is no doubt that as technology progresses, we will see more excellent uses and renditions of AR in this field.

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Topics covered
1.
Introduction
2.
AR Architecture Model
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AR Technologies for Architecture and Construction
3.1.
Morpholio AR Sketchwalk
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DAQRI Smart Helmet
3.3.
Augment
3.4.
Fologram
3.5.
ARki
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Advantages of AR in the construction industry
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Conclusion