Virtual blueprints change the Construction industry

Virtual blueprints grant designers, engineers, and clients an opportunity to explore new designs and hone-in on what the client wants to a degree previously unknown.  Using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Augmented Reality, developers, engineers, and clients can move through and interact with the space before it’s built.  The result is fewer mistakes and faster installations..

What is BIM:  An introduction (Video)

Experience when and where you need it

One area that BIM with Augmented Reality is making an impact is in remote support, which allows you to leverage your expertise anywhere around the world.  The video below demonstrates a use case where what is being seen in real life in real-time is layered with BIM and help from an overseas engineer.  What’s important is that the on-site engineer is hands-free, the remote engineer not only sees what he sees, but is able to markup the image to ensure both parties are on the same page.

Engineers solve a problem in real-time, combining what the on-site engineers sees, blueprints show, and interactive markups from the remote engineer

Flagging and tagging design elements

One of the more straightforward problems BIM solves is properly identifying objects and assets.  A simple picture on-site can be taken and then scanned against design elements to help the on-site builder ensure compliance, take an accurate inventory, or proceed with the next appropriate step.

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Rendering of what to objects can be worked on (green) and which cannot (red).  Source: The Atlantic (link).

Creating 3D images from real equipment

One of the greatest challenges is working with or around existing equipment in an environment.  You’ve relied upon 3D imagery to aid in upgrades and retrofits for a long time, but now scanning the equipment or space while maintaining the appropriate scale has never been easier.  Once in the system, the image can be properly flagged and tagged.

Effortlessly 3D scan and import existing infrastructure

BIM and Augment Reality Challenges

Augmented Reality and BIM can improve almost all stages of a project: design, construction, inspections, operations and maintenance, and renovations.  The challenge many businesses and AEC professionals face is that they are not comfortable with the technology nor the shift in how work gets done.  Projects already have a lot of moving parts.  The introduction of new workflows and technologies can carries risk.  It’s lead a lot of businesses to ask themselves how and when they will acquire the skills to compete in this new market.  Who will they turn to for help when they have questions?

Making BIM and Augmented Reality your reality

The Construction industry is changing in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. AEC professionals around the world are successfully adopting BIM and Augmented Reality to reduce costs, deliver faster, and improve customer satisfaction.  They’re doing it with the guidance of strategic business technology firms like Sherwood Chamberlain.  Let us help you to take control of your future, selecting the right products, and deciding where and how to implement these new technologies to maximize profit.  Leave a message, contact us, or send us an email at

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