Digital Architectonic: The Use of Augmented Reality in Architecture

We have discussed the use of virtual reality (VR) in architecture. In this article we further explore how augmented reality (AR) could give an impact in the same sector. With different devices and experience given, these two technologies will also hand-out various advantages in usage. 

Using mobile devices and 3D models, augmented reality in construction projects requires projecting the 3D model of the proposed design into the existing environment.

AR applications for architecture actually vary more than VR, from the affordable device to the specific device created for AR. Augment and Gamma AR uses smartphones for usage, allowing users to have prototype views on the 3D model to understand planning, avoid mistakes, reduce prototype and construction costs, also lead to increase of marketing and sales. 

Augmented Reality software can provide a more accurate representation of what will be created, including all layers of materials and installations that are frequently difficult to understand from the drawings. To help with this, 3D blueprints and even virtual model holograms are adopted to improve project knowledge and make project execution easier.

AR can assist architects and contractors in seeing through walls and understanding the course of technical installations during construction. This speeds up the process, decreases the risk of errors, and even guides the creation of difficult geometry. 

Other than that, augmented reality is also the best tool for try and error. Just like the sims, adopting AR in architecture gives various opportunities to test out displays of floors, walls, windows and other aspects. Before ordering materials or calculating the amount of labor required for installation, employees can see how everything fits on-site to scale. When wearing wearables on-site, workers will be able to tap and automatically measure constructed items and compare them to the set measurements from a model.

Constructors could also analyze danger around before the building process to avoid damaging sewage pipes or electricity wires and other housing material that are buried. This application would benefit from the planning to execution process. Since it could also help with city planning we could only hope this will be the tool for a better construction in Indonesia.

Stay tuned for more updates in and possibly a collaboration one could only aim for ARUTALA in the near future. (News/Putri Fortuna)