UK geospatial solutions provider MGISS has partnered with Canada-based vGIS to transform traditional GIS, BIM and CAD data into augmented reality (AR) visualisations.
Designed for utility and infrastructure applications, the new technology provides an online tool to visualise and manage hidden assets by displaying 3D data in real-world models.
The platform, known as TopoGrafi, allows data capture applications and AR visualisations to use a common 3D coordinate system which aligns with the high-accuracy Ordnance Survey MasterMap.
AR provides an interactive experience of an environment where objects in the real world, such as underground pipes and cables, are displayed and enhanced with additional intelligence such as condition information and maintenance history.
By combining authoritative survey grade positions and associated data with consumer grade hardware, MGISS enables vGIS users to access AR visualisations from any suitable smart device, the company said.
Field operatives can see an augmented view that includes holographic infrastructure objects, improving environmental assessments and increasing situational awareness. Users can also capture and edit additional features in the field.
“Initiatives such as digital twinning and the expectation of ‘Business As Usual’ (BAU) operations require the capture and representation of increasing complex real-world environments. Asset owners and operators face a number of challenges and opportunities including the need to improve safety, reduce risk and ensure what lies beneath our feet meets future infrastructure needs,” said Mike Darracott, managing director and founder of MGISS.
“vGIS truly understand the needs and the challenges facing these sectors. In fact, vGIS goes further than any other augmented reality solution by providing a full range of 3D spatial data capabilities; all within a platform that works with existing enterprise systems and data structures,” Darracott added.
For more information, see this video from MGISS.
Over three-quarters (78%) of the senior executives surveyed for Osborne Clarke’s Next-generation connectivity report said they see particular opportunities to be gained from augmented, virtual and mixed reality. Download your free copy to read more!