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BIM Visualisation Apps – Devices, Deliverables & Decisions


BIM Visualisation Apps – Devices, Deliverables & Decisions 

Sitting on  the train, writing this blog on the Macbook, using LTE about capacitive touch screen Apps created from BIM data which were surveyed with mobile mapping.   In fact, when I started, non of those things were ‘a thing’ and neither was the phrase ‘it’s a thing’ which is now a thing.

Technology has been accelerating at breakneck speed and has overtaken most businesses in terms of their understanding of what can be achieved.  Through the rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets for personal use, we now have massively powerful ‘mini computers’ in our pockets with accelerometers and gyro sensors.    Add to this the evolution of TVs into capacitive touch screens and graphics cards into being ‘VR ready’ and we have two things – Confusion and Opportunity !

Technology has shot forwards, but most business workflows have lagged behind the tech adoption survey.  Why bother changing direction & learning new tricks?  Surely its too expensive?   I don’t know about it and who would I ask?

To answer a question with some questions :

  • Is the aim of a marketing team is to promote their products and services, standing out from the crowd ?
  • When showcasing a new building design to a client, is the aim to get the client’s approval by letting them visualise the space?
  • Do we do all of the above with a thick wad of paper, 2D plans some static images and perhaps one 3D video?
  • Just the same as everyone else does?

“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”, William Gibson

What are some of the options:

> Virtual Reality (VR) – using head mounted VR kit such as Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to get an immersive experience of the 3D space

> Augmented Reality (AR) – Using tablet or phone devices and usually a physical marker to make 3D designs pop out of a plan or appear on a boardroom table

> Interactive 3D (i3D) - on Tablets, TVs, touch screen coffee tables or Websites via WebGL

> 360 panoramic virtual tours -  on tablets, PCs, web or virtual reality for showing actual site conditions or creating your own ‘Google Street view’.

Fear not, help is at hand.  We can help you to re-use 3D BIM data as interactive 3D applications and have a set process to advise you on the best route to take, that end device you could utilise and how to distribute the end visualisation.

Visualisation Apps can be Web based, set directly to mobile dives, upload to Apple or Android stores, or simply held on a memory stick plugged into a capacitive touch screen.

The first stage of App development is guiding you through the decision making process to, starting with the end in mind:

> Look at the end use case

> Analyse the potential Audience

> Decide on the right platform for the App (Web / PC / Mac / Apple / Android)

> Agree the spec suitable to work on the desired device

> We get coding 

You get visualising - it's a thing!


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