Mixed Reality + Virtual Reality at the MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority

We recently had the incredible opportunity to partner with the BIM Committee at MTA's Bridge and Tunnel Authority (MTA B&T) to develop and showcase some Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality models. The goal was to review the new interior architecture of an existing facility, currently just an exterior shell.

This past Thursday,  December 1st, a few members of the LiRo Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) team arrived at a new MTA B&T facility, our HTC Vive, Microsoft HoloLens, drone, Matterport Scanner and VDC presentations in tow.  Users of the new space, designers, engineers and IT staff came in groups to view the design in virtual and mixed reality, and get a better feel for the tools integral to virtual design and construction. 

Mixed Reality
Our developers processed a Revit model so it could be viewed through the HoloLens as a Hologram overlaid in full scale in the actual space. As far as we are aware, this has not yet been accomplished elsewhere. Wearing the HoloLens, MTA B&T staff walked around the raw space and got a good sense of the location and feel of proposed rooms, and how they interface with existing features.   

A conceptual montage to illustrate the hologram of a new MTA B&T interior architecture as seen through the HoloLens.

A conceptual montage to illustrate the hologram of a new MTA B&T interior architecture as seen through the HoloLens.

A video captured from the Microsoft HoloLens showing the hologram of the new architectural design overlaid in the real space. 

Virtual Reality
Using a game engine and an HTC Vive, our developers transformed a Revit model into an interactive immersive environment, where users could "teleport" around the space, get a sense of finishes and furniture, and even throw said furniture around the room (just for fun!) 

Donning the HTC Vive, an MTA B&T member immerses himself in the VR model, and tests out the furniture-throwing feature. 

Reality Capture
There are a few tools that have revolutionized reality capture and surveying. These include aerial drone scanning and the Matterport scanner. We gave demos on how these tools are used and incorporated into virtual design and construction processes.  

Demonstrating the Matterport reality capture software and hardware. These tools are used to quickly survey the site by creating a point cloud and a 3D internet-based model. 

Demonstrating the Matterport reality capture software and hardware. These tools are used to quickly survey the site by creating a point cloud and a 3D internet-based model. 

 

 

LiRo VDC Open House, September 29th, 2016

Our Open House was quite a success yesterday! The LiRo VDC team had a great time catching up with our partners, clients and fellow members at WeWork City Hall. We got to share some of our work and cutting-edge technology, plus learn a bit more about the fantastic work others in our network are doing. 

The LiRo VDC team set up in individual "stations" to showcase how we are pushing the BIM boundaries as we strive for AECO best practices. Specifically, these stations comprised of informal/interactive presentations on Model Authoring; Clash Detection and Coordination; Revit Automation; 4D Sequencing, Scheduling and Tracking; Reality Capture; BIM in Virtual Reality; and BIM for Facilities Management. 

We were especially thrilled that our partners at Synchro Software could join us to demonstrate their latest developments in bringing 3D and 4D models into the extremely awesome Microsoft HoloLens. What an incredible experience it was for us and our clients to see our projects in mixed reality! 

Until the next event, which will hopefully be soon, here are a few photos. Thanks very much to everyone who came last night! 

 

 

 

We have a book!

"Implementing Virtual Design and Construction Using Bim: Current and Future Practices" is available at our publisher's website, Routledge, and also Amazon.com. 

Implementing Virtual Design and Construction using BIM outlines the team structure, software and production ecosystem needed for an effective Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) process through current real world case studies of projects both in development and under construction. It provides the reader with a better understanding of the successful implementation of VDC and Building Information Modeling (BIM), and the benefits to the project team throughout the design and construction process. For readers already familiar with VDC, the book will provide invaluable examples of best practices and real world solutions.

 

Richly illustrated in color with actual VDC documentation, visualizations, and statistics, the reader is shown the real processes undertaken and outputs generated when working on high profile building information models. Online animations, interviews with practitioners, and downloadable templates, forms and files make this an interactive and highly engaging way to learn a crucial set of skills.

 

While keeping up with current industry practice is a minimum requirement, this book goes further by helping you prepare for the next level of virtual design and construction. This is essential reading for project managers, construction managers, architects, design managers, and anybody with a role in BIM or virtual construction.

Read More