Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Technology Services

As AR/VR tech becomes more widespread GeoDecisions is positioned to assist industries in coming up with creative uses for integrating these technologies. Normal procedures and tactics will be disrupted as companies seek to improve operations to save money and better serve their customers. The possibilities are limitless, and it is only a matter of time before AR and VR technologies permeate all aspects of our daily lives at work and at home.
— Brian Smith, GeoDecisions Vice President, Innovation & Strategy

Combining the power of GIS with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies brings your spatial-based business solutions to life, dramatically changing how you do business. Entities that utilize these AR/VR solutions immerse their users into an experience to gain greater insights into patterns and relationships in a way they never could before!

 

Reality Capture

Our approach to reality capture follows a three-step process:

1. Capture an imaging laser scan of the current facility or landscape to create a point cloud rendering.

The Gannett Fleming Power team collected this point cloud of a substation to assist with refurbishing.

The Gannett Fleming Power team collected this point cloud of a substation to assist with refurbishing.

This scan provides a clear view of the support structures, lighting, and doorways within a pavilion. Gannett Fleming’s Architecture team processed the scan into a BIM model to update the pavilion.

This scan provides a clear view of the support structures, lighting, and doorways within a pavilion. Gannett Fleming’s Architecture team processed the scan into a BIM model to update the pavilion.

 

2. Convert the resulting point cloud data into a vector BIM model for use in an AR or VR environment. The vector format enables the point data to be represented as distinct features.

These images show a scan of a pump station that was converted into a BIM model, showing the exterior and interior details needed to navigate the facility.

These images show a scan of a pump station that was converted into a BIM model, showing the exterior and interior details needed to navigate the facility.

 

3. Migrate the BIM model to GIS to place the facility in the correct geographic space inside an AR or VR visualization.

Incorporating the BIM model into GIS allows you to understand how factors such as time of day or topography may affect design. This visualization of a dam combines a BIM and hydraulic model with a 3D topography GIS layer. The elevation of the land around the dam allows for further visual analysis in addition to serving as the final “as built” digital representation.

Incorporating the BIM model into GIS allows you to understand how factors such as time of day or topography may affect design. This visualization of a dam combines a BIM and hydraulic model with a 3D topography GIS layer. The elevation of the land around the dam allows for further visual analysis in addition to serving as the final “as built” digital representation.

 

Potential Use Cases

Architectural Design Review

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Show clients the effect of a proposed building renovation through an immersive VR experience. Developers can showcase their design surrounded by a model of its real-world setting using GIS.

Mitigation Planning

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Generate an AR scene using buildings and terrain GIS data within a city’s floodplain. During a public input meeting, city officials can use the scene to model flood events and visually demonstrate the importance of implementing flood mitigation efforts.

Infrastructure Inspection

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Use a VR-based bridge inspection system that combines drone technology and LIDAR imagery to capture 3D representations of bridge features remotely. You can increase the frequency, speed, and safety of inspections in addition to lowering operational labor costs.