Preparing for the next generation (AR/VR)

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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.
Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which uses “virtual reality headsets” to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment or create an imaginary setting. VR also simulates a user’s physical presence in this environment.2 This type of interaction takes AR a bit further, by replacing what you see in the real-world while immersing you into a virtual world.
VR can be utilized to allow users to virtually enter the driver’s seat of a vehicle involved in a collision, or to allow us to walk around in virtual construction designs, exploring buildings first-hand, before the first stone has been laid.
Have you had any experience with AR/VR? How do you see this changing your world in the future?
Jon W. Adams, is the Director of Architectural and Heritage Services at DJS Associates, as well as a FAA Licensed Drone Pilot, and can be reached via email at experts@forensicDJS.com or via phone at 215-659-2010.

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual reality

 

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