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Aecom and Trimble team up on virtual reality

Aecom and Trimble are collaborating on the use of Microsoft HoloLens “mixed-reality” technology for engineering and construction

NEWS, Business, Aecom, Trimble

Aecom and Trimble are collaborating on the use of Microsoft HoloLens “mixed-reality” technology for engineering and construction.

The copmany has launched a pilot programmme with Trimble to apply the technology to projects on three continents.

Through a lightweight headset, HoloLens technology adds holograms of 3D objects into a user’s view, allowing interaction with these virtual objects as if they were present.

Trimble’s mixed-reality solutions allow Aecom to feed 3D engineering models into the HoloLens world, including models of large or complex projects.

Aecom is deploying HoloLens devices and Trimble technologies to real-world projects, including the Serpentine Galleries’ annual architecture program in London.

The mixed-reality technology supplements conventional working practices and improves communication, collaboration and visualisation.

“Exploring complex structures in a mixed-reality environment has huge potential to accelerate the engineering design process,” said Aecom president Stephen M. Kadenacy. “With this technology we can gain greater clarity earlier in the design review process than with 2D drawings or 3D models on screen, and team members in different locations, each wearing a headset, can simultaneously explore the same holographic projections. We’re very excited to be working with Trimble at the cutting edge of mixed reality.”

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