UrbanPlanAR: BIM Mobile Visualisation in Urban Environments With Occlusion-Aware Augmented Reality

Ludovico Carozza, Enrique Valero, Frédéric Bosché, George Banfill, Rufus Mall, Minh Nguyen

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Effective visualisation is critical to a wide range of activities conducted in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. This paper presents an occlusion-aware Augmented Reality (AR) solution that is geared towards the visualisation of new developments Ð in the form of 3D BIM models Ð in urban environments, to enhance communication around proposed developments. The solution automatically fetches BIM models from project repositories and enables a user to visualise them within their urban environment with a mobile tablet. The localisation of the tablet is achieved using a visual-inertial approach that uses only the sensors embedded in the tablet. Furthermore, the solution uniquely includes a process for handling occlusions from the real world on the augmented content. Results are presented that demonstrate the full pipeline, including some visualisation results obtained in real urban environments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLean and Computing in Construction Congress (LC3): Volume I – Proceedings of the Joint Conference on Computing in Construction (JC3)
PublisherHeriot-Watt University
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780956595164
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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