Author: Jason Page – Sustainability Specialist & European Projects Technical Researcher at Ingleton Wood – http://www.ingletonwood.co.uk/
Pokemon are taking over the world…well the augmented world anyway! It may not have escaped your attention that there is an augmented reality craze going on right now and it has quickly become bigger than twitter. If you are not familiar with it, pokemon hunters use their mobile phone to glimpse a world underneath ours, the world of creatures known as pokemon who roam around until they are found and caught by a budding pokemon trainer. There is a lot going on in this world! There are item shops and gyms hidden in the augmented world where pokemon can be used in battle against other trainers in order to train to be the best. Who knew that all this is going on beneath our world, hidden and only revealed through mobile phones?
At Ingleton Wood this augmented world is not new to us, however we do not have any resident Pokemon (well maybe the odd Snorlax). We are working on our own augmented reality app in conjunction with a consortium of European partners. ACCEPT uses some of the same principles as Pokemon Go but instead of showing you pokemon, it shows you drawings, interactive notes and 3D models on a construction site. By tapping into the augmented world we can virtually connect drawing models and other information directly with those tasked with construction. This reduces the amount of mis-information passed down through the supply chain to ensure that contractors and subcontractors always have the most up to date information at all times. So what would this look like in the real world? Imagine when you are on a construction site that you can see a window in augmented reality in the hole where one should be positioned, you could click on the virtual window and obtain the full specification, manufacturers information, installation instructions, videos and health and safety advice. You could even view information about whether the window has been delivered to site and review any tasks left outstanding to be completed before installation can take place. By using augmented reality in this way we can connect the construction site with the design team and influence the quality and efficiency of construction, helping to produce buildings that live up to their designed standards.
So in the future, when you are on a construction site, you won’t be trying to catch them all but you may be using the same augmented reality world with ACCEPT to improve the quality of the buildings we produce.
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