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Trimble unveils augmented reality construction technology

Trimble has introduced a new augmented reality (AR) solution that enables users to visualise 2D and 3D data on almost any project site with an internet or cellular connection.

Trimble has introduced a new augmented reality (AR) solution that enables users to visualise 2D and 3D data on almost any project site with an internet or cellular connection.

The system, called SiteVision, aims to make planning, collaboration and reporting easier and more efficient.

It combines hardware and software into a lightweight handheld or pole mounted solution to view 3D models and assets in a real-world environment, at a 1:1 scale.

The hardware consists of the Trimble SiteVision Integrated Positioning System, which integrates the Trimble Catalyst DA1 Antenna, electronic distance measurement rangefinder and power management into a lightweight, handheld device that connects to an Android phone.

Software subscriptions are available to single users on a monthly or yearly basis. The SiteVision software subscription combines Trimble’s positioning services and cloud-based processing technology to create centimetre-accurate AR systems. It also uses Trimble’s processing to manage and deliver data and design models.

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By blending the digital content with real-world environments, SiteVision can help simplify complex concepts.

For example, city planners can visualise a new building design in the exact spot it is to be erected, a work crew could identify the exact position of underground cables or pipes before digging, an electric utility can confirm placement of poles and lines with customers and crews, or a construction supervisor could assess the progress of heavy equipment by visualising actual work performed against the site plan.

“It’s easier to understand complex ideas when we can see them in a real-world context,” said Trimble General Manager Mark Nichols.

“SiteVision improves our understanding of projects and worksites with a handheld device that is accessible to a wide range of users. Augmented reality is now ready for everyday use in a wide range of applications.”

SiteVision allows users to visualise digital models from a range of data collection, design and constructible modelling tools in open industry-standard formats including IFC and LandXML.

For civil products, SiteVision can visualise data from Trimble’s Quantm, Business Center and Novapoint, design data from Civil 3D and Bentley OpenRoads, and GIS data from Esri ArcGIS software.

It is also able to power building information modelling (BIM) projects with open data from Trimble’s Constructible BIM solutions including SketchUp and Tekla, and BIM data from Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD software.

By using Trimble Connect, SiteVision can access models from all stages of the lifecycle of infrastructure and buildings, from initial concepts of roads or buildings, through to the operations and maintenance phase.

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