Enhancing graphical architectural representations using Virtual and Augmented Reality
The original aim of the KTP was to develop and embed AR and VR capabilities in the company, building on the progress of the company’s previous KTP projects. The application states the aim was:
“To enhance graphical architectural representations using Virtual and Augmented Reality, to deliver a sector leading VR/AR capability so as to increase and diversify both client and design team involvement in the design process and the subsequent experience of the realisation of proposed designs.”
The rationale behind this aim was to exploit the company’s maturity in the use of BIM to the full, getting the most information and use from Building Information Models using digital design and construction tools.
One of the main achievements for this project is that it has moved beyond its original scope. As a result of the experimental and inquisitive nature of the KTP project, the delivery moved beyond merely the use of AR and VR, to encompass 3D printing, integration of BIM with GIS, demonstration of projects with Pano to VR and the use of laser scanning and photogrammetry.
This KTP followed on from a previous, successful KTP project that the company ran with John Spillane, CPM lecturer in the School of Natural and Built Environment.
Tara Brooks, Principal Investigator
John Meneely, Co-Investigator
KTP Associate, Jasper Jesalva
Company Supervisor, Marc Tracey
Impact of Research
The skills and techniques that have been developed now place the company at the cutting edge of architectural modelling, giving the company a base of digital skill that few of its competitors (if any) possess.
The results of this KTP partnership have directly informed the teaching of the academic supervisor, who delivers a module at Masters Level (BIM Project Management Programme) in Queen's University titled Emerging Digital Technology (EDT). The KTP project has been used as a case study in the VR / AR, GIS and 3D printing elements of this module. The KTP associate has lectured on the EDT module on GIS technology and its application in construction. The student feedback for this lecture was very good.
In addition, the development of AR and VR techniques have fed into the research techniques which the John Meneely is using in the UrbanARK coastal flooding / mapping research project.
This KTP was rated outstanding by the KTP rating panel (only 20% of completed projects are rated outstanding).
Major grants and funding
Funded by KTP Grant Innovate UK £188,012.
The KTP was featured in the Digital Construction Live Conference in Belfast 7th June at the QUB stand as a poster presentation of the KTP project.
LEAD PROJECT INVESTIGATOR Tara Brooks studied architecture at Liverpool University and the Bartlett and qualified as an architect in 2000, working in London, York and Belfast for 10 years before specialising in project management. She worked in bid management, procurement and project planning for several construction contractors for 8 years before becoming a full time academic. She enjoys continued connection to industry through a number of active KTPs. Her areas of research include digital construction, procurement, and quality management and its effectiveness in practice.
The project includes a collaborative research team from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Ostick and Williams Ltd:
- Dr Tara Brooks (QUB Principal Investigator)
- Ostick and Williams Ltd www.ostickandwilliams.com/bim-architectural-services