Preparing for the next generation (AR/VR)

Jon W. Adams, is the Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::
DJS Associates strives to stay on the forefront of technology, both in how we collect our data, and how we present the results to our clients.
DJS Associates continues to research various new and exciting ways in which we can demonstrate the results of engineering analysis and documentation efforts. As we look to the future, we observe that technology continues to develop rapidly, with each generation possessing increased knowledge on how to interact with complex gadgets. Of particular interest are gadgets that allow for interactions with data, within our “reality”. Below are two of the “reality” technologies DJS Associates is exploring.
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology in which real-world environments/objects are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.1 With this technology, users can point their “smart “ electronic devices at real-world objects, and interact with virtual data in the real-world.
AR can possibly be used by engineers in the field, overlaying information captured on the day of an incident. AR has the potential to aid in understanding the events which led up to the incident.
In the AEC world, AR can be utilized to help stakeholders envision a new design over existing features/structures.
Historical objects/structures can be seen alongside current day conditions, adding to the interactivity of visitor tours. Continue reading “Preparing for the next generation (AR/VR)”

Part One: What’s In Our (Data Collection) Toolbox?

technology-toolbox

Jon W. Adams, Director of Architectural and Heritage Services ::::
At DJS, we utilize a number of different tools to collect important data. Whether we are working on a forensic case, capturing as-built measurements for AEC documentation, or digitally preserving important historic landmarks, it is always important to have the right tool for the job.

DSLR cameras/video recording systems

Although DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) cameras and video recording systems are common items utilized by millions of consumers in their everyday lives, they are still essential tools in every DJS case/project.
Video recording systems are utilized to analyze signal timing patterns at intersections of interest, and also to provide a visual record of inspection procedures.
DSLR cameras are used by DJS technicians to capture photographs during accident site investigations/vehicle inspections, providing additional context for measurement data that is captured, and also supplementing details relating to conditions present at the time of the inspection. Continue reading “Part One: What’s In Our (Data Collection) Toolbox?”