How can Augmented Reality be used in architecture?

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Augmented reality is like the modification of a real-life environment by the addition of visual elements, sounds and other sensory stimuli. In a way, augmented reality alters one’s current perception of a real-world environment. 

It can be used in fitness, education, commerce, visual art, architecture etc.

But how exactly can augmented reality be used in architecture?

Augmented reality architecture can help in visualizing the ongoing building projects. We can superimpose computer generated images of a structure that needs to be built onto a real-life local view of the property before the physical building is constructed there. This will give us a better idea of how it would look and how the placements should be. 

Augmented reality can also be used within an architect’s workspace. This can be done by rendering animated 3D architectural visualisations of their 2D drawings.

Augmented reality- The users choice

Augmented reality in architecture is making the experience of the user a lot better as sight-seeing can be enhanced with some of its applications. This allows the user to view a building’s exterior to virtually see through its walls, viewing its interior objects and layouts by just sitting at the studio. The user or buyer wouldn’t have to go to the site and can understand everything just by looking at the screen.


AR and GPS?

Recently there have been a lot of improvements in GPS accuracy. This has helped businesses to use augmented reality to visualize georeferenced models of construction sites, underground structures, cables and pipes using mobile devices. Augmented reality is applied to new projects to solve on-site construction problems. This has helped so many people and workers, it’s like a gift to them. The tasks that were so difficult to do have been made very easy using this application.

Tools used for AR

  1. An Autodesk revit or other 3D models can help in space planning and design visualization. This technology is now also available on a per-project basis, so small firms and sole proprietors can take advantage of it. 
  2. SmartReality from JBknowledge, a technology company is a mobile AR app available on a per-project basis. It can place a 3D model in context and can view it on an iOS or Android device, on a 2D set of plans, in front of an actual site or even on an image of your project’s site. 
  3. AR Sketchwalk allows designers to check their sketches to sense space. It makes the presentation attractive for the client. 
  4. The DAQRI Smart Helmet visualizes objects in a large-scale 3D environment. 
  5. ARki is a device with 3D models with multiple levels of interactivity for both design and presentation purposes and can be used on an iOS or Android device.

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AR for Design Analysis

Augmented reality has a lot of construction and design uses beyond visualization too. It can pick out clashes by virtually walking through your completed model. The architect and contractor can collaborate on changes that have to happen between design and construction which happened due to constructability issues. It can also help with prefabrication of building components. 

It can also help to visualize the buildings that are sometimes damaged in earthquakes. It helps planners to understand what went wrong in making the building and how much devastation the earthquake caused.

Final thoughts

Augmented reality has changed the way of architecture. It is leading us to a world where things are easy and there is a very less chance of mistakes. Augmented reality in architecture has made lives for architects, contractors and the clients very easy. Clients can view every small detail from the comfort of the studio and they don’t even need to visit the site.

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