How 3D Modelling is Beneficial to the Construction Industry

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3D modelling is the process where a mathematical representation of an object or shape in the third-dimension is created. This is done through the use of a software. Models in 3D are being widely used these days in a number of industries. Video games, motion pictures, construction, architecture, medical, and product development- these are all industries that are presently using 3D modes in the visualisation, simulation, and rendition of graphic designs. In construction, 3D modelling is gaining popularity thanks to the numerous benefits that it offers.

Advancements in technology are fast making tasks easier and better in the construction field. People can now do more in almost every aspect of their lives. Every sector out there is making the most out of the prevalence of the latest technology in the hope of getting better outcomes. It is not a surprise at all to see the construction industry trying to get some of those benefits as well. Whether it is 3D modelling or BIM, technology has indeed made it possible for the construction industry to accomplish more in significantly lesser time and at such a reduced cost. The use of 3D modelling has also changed the way architectural designs are being presented. It is also enabling designers and architects to not only be more creative, but to also be more experimental.

The presence of reality modelling technologies being weaved into construction cycle means that the while construction process no longer just revolves around blueprints. Today, construction has truly gone digital and architectural presentations are no longer just using draft tables but are increasingly more dependent on tablets and desktops.

The use of 3D modelling has numerous benefits to constriction. Reality or 3D modelling is able to speed up the design process. It allows architects and designers to work with different ideas as well as identify possible problems in the design before they can actually surface as an issue. Putting the piece together through 3D modelling offers a real-time view of what the finished project is going to look like. The technology allows a project to be brought to life through three-dimensional rendition.

3D modelling also allows animation. This means that clients will be able to visualise a lot more about any upcoming project compared to what a flat drawing is able to offer. It is now possible for clients to get a virtual walkthrough of any proposed building. 3D models allow clients not to only see but also feel how things are going to be laid out. They can get to see what the finished work is going to be like even without any single brick being laid out yet.

Understanding the structure in spatial context becomes easier too through 3D modelling. Architectural modelling also provides a realism that two-dimensional images are unable to. It is even possible to use the technology to visualise how tiles are likely going to look like when they are added to a room.

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How 3D Mapping Benefits from Information Building

Top Benefits of Building Information Modelling in 3D Mapping

The move to shift from two-dimensional drawings to three-dimensional models is fast gaining traction in the construction, engineering and architectural industry. An approach that is model-based using 3D technology is favourably regarded thanks to the fact that it increases efficiency which allows organizations to successful some up with well-coordinated project delivery. The use of building information modelling has become the go-to procedure in the creation of 3D mapping as it does not only make it possible to save on time, it also helps save on the budget in the accomplishment of both infrastructure and building projects.

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Capturing reality

There is a vast amount of information about project sites that can be easily accessible today thanks to the presence of better and more sophisticated mapping tools, along with more precise images of the earth. Many projects today commence with checking not just digital elevation but aerial imagery too. Scanning the presence of past infrastructures ensures more accurate reality being captured. This then leads to streamlining the preparations necessary for the project.

Better control

A workflow that is based on a digital model ensures constant connection to project history. The evolution of the model is connected to its version history which ensures that disastrous corruption and disappearances of files that can really impinge productivity can be avoided. There is also a lesser need to duplicate or rework drawings as it is easier to connect and annotate the models to the specific project.

Easy simulation and visualization

Designers can now easily visualise different elements that will help quantify or calculate the performance of a building that is being mapped in 3D especially energy-wise. The software does not only allow for the application of rules based on physics, but also of those based on best practices to help make it easier for engineers and project members to craft out their construction plans.

Not just for architects

The multiphase process involved allows team members to input the tools and components that are going to be used during construction. As a result, unique perspective of the building process is created with the help 3D mapping. It helps ensure that savings are achieved with the help of visualisations and collaborations of the components of a building into the design process. This is then used to dictate modifications and changes that may be necessary once the actual construction starts. However, its use is not just limited to architecture alone. It is also used to model processes involving space, geometry light, quantities, and geographic information. It is not only a useful tool in architecture, but one that is expected to play a crucial role in structures, sustainability, construction management, road construction, utilities, property management, as well as scheduling.

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HOW TO USE ARKIT WITH THE WRLD UNITY SDK

WRLD recently announced that they are working in ARKit. Weve had a lot of interest since this should here our steps for anyone wanting to get started ARKit and WRLD SDK

Please check the requirements mentioned in the Unity-ARKit-Plugin for the software and hardware required for ARKit.

To get started simply set the platform to iOS on your project and follow the steps below.

Step 1: Import ARKit Unity Plugin

The team at Unity has created a great plugin that allows us to utilize ARKit easily in any Unity projects. Currently it requires that you are using Unity version v5.6.1p1 or later. For detailed documentation please see the download page for the ARKit Plugin.

Step 2: Import WRLD Unity SDK from Asset Store

Download and import the WRLD Unity SDK. If you need a key and then click “Get Key” when prompted or simply click later if you already have one.

Step 3: Modify a couple of files

WRLD SDK is built to be used with real world scale such that 1 unit in Unity is considered 1 meters. You can read more about our coordinate system on our Unity documentation. ARKit however require objects to be quite small, so we will need to scale down our map. In order to do that we need to add a couple of lines of code in our SDK. We will add an API to enable this more seamlessly in future release.

In /Assets/Wrld/Scripts/Streaming/GameObjectFactory.cs go to Method CreateGameObject and Add

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In /Assets/Wrld/Scripts/Streaming/GameObjectRepository.cs go to Constructor and Add

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Step 4: Making a scene for ARKit

Create a new scene so we can set up ARKit and follow the steps below.

    • Create a new GameObject called CameraParent and make Main Camera its child.
    • On Main Camera make the following changes
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      • Set Clear Flags to Depth Only
      • Set Field of View to 60
      • Set Clipping PLanes to 0.1 Near and 30 Far
      • Set Depth to 0
      • Add Component UnityARVideo (In Clear Material set YUVMaterial)
      • Add Component UnityARCameraNearFar
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    • Create a new GameObject and name it ARCameraManager
      • Add Component UnityARCameraManager
      • In Camera field drag drop our Main Camera
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    • Save your scene.

And that’s it!, ARKit is ready to be used.

Step 5: Setting up WRLD SDK

Now that we have ARKit ready, we can start setting up our map. Follow the instructions below.

  • Setup iOS Assets through the Assets Menu.
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  • Create a new Camera and name it Streaming Camera. We will use this camera to stream our map. Disable the Camera component as we will not be using this to draw anything.
    • Set Y position to 1000. This means we will be streaming from an altitude of 1000 Meters.
    • Set X rotation to 90 so our StreamingCamera looks towards ground.
    • Remove all the extra components such as AudioListener etc
    • Set Near to 10 and Far to 5000
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  • Create a new GameObject and name it WRLD Map.
    • Add component WRLD Map
    • Set your API Key
    • Set Camera to StreamingCamera
    • Set scale to 0.001
    • Set y position to -0.3
    • Set the Latitude to 40.748376 and Longitude to -73.985632
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  • Save your scene.

We are now ready to view WRLD Map in ARKit.

Step 6: Build Unity Project

We have completed all the necessary steps, we can finally build our xcode project and see it running on an iOS Device.

If you are having trouble with compiling libStreamAlpha.a then just set “Enable Bitcode” to No in Xcode Build Settings. Also make sure that you add Camera Usage Description for iOS in Player Settings->Other Settings.

If you are having trouble getting shadows then you might need to go to quality settings and set the Shadow distance to 2 and Shadow Near Planes to 0.01.

Step 7: Further improvements

Now that you have a working project with WRLD in ARKit you can start to build new exciting things. Read more WRLD blogs here

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The Importance of 3D Mapping & Visualisation

WRLD visited Realcomm/IBcon to keep in the loop in regards to Commercial Real Estate and who is actually implementing Smart Buildings. This was WRLD second year attending the conference. This time around we came with a fresh look, brand, and vision. It was a major success, but mostly made us very excited to be a technology player in this evolving sector at a crucial time.

Data Visualisation

 

The commercial real estate industry need a clear data visualisation solution – WRLD holds a key position in helping understand what’s really going on in our buildings and facilities with our 3D maps. As an industry, both real estate and building automation is still in the infancy stages, but the proliferation of property, location and IoT data is growing exponentially.

It was markedly clear to us that the next stage to organizing and visualizing data is giving it spatial context for actionable insights.

The many of the building operations and technology companies we spoke to strive to provide a holistic view of buildings and management systems, but most lack a true visualisation layer that accurately depicts the physical world. The value our 3D maps provide was immediately understood by these companies at Realcomm. Many of these building systems work in silos and require an open and intelligent integration platform such as a 3D map to plug in sensor and performance data, such as from HVAC systems, so facility managers are empowered to make better decisions and detect and diagnose issues faster.  Unified spatial analytics has the potential to transform the occupancy experience, operational costs, and overall efficiencies in smart building management. Intuitive spatial visualisations deliver faster insights, and with this knowledge comes the power of intelligent prediction.

There is a lot of talk about Smart Buildings, but what that means varies greatly. We discussed helping deliver interfaces that power a wide range of “Smart Building” features, including:

  • Conference room search & booking
  • Lighting configuration and efficiency
  • Building Control system status
  • Parking
  • Utility and energy management
  • Security and cleaning staff route optimization
  • Leak detection, safety checks and detector servicing
  • Air quality checks

User Management

Same map, different customisation experiences. Our 3D maps also allow for select visibility of relevant content served to facility managers, occupants, executives, or even just visitors to a building or venue. Many companies saw the value in being able to easily create different user experiences using the  same base application.

To be able to strip away base level needs for executives who need to only see where open meeting rooms are available and where employees sit, was something previously unheard of to everyone we met.

Flexibility, customisation, and control are key differentiating factors to using the WRLD platform. We are also a cloud-based streaming map available on web, mobile, desktop, VR and AR, so that map owners can make updates to their application and see it on any platform or device immediately.

Navigation and Tracking

Do you know that we spend 90% of our time indoors? And soon every phone will know exactly where it is at all times indoors, down to the millimeter. This newfound capability will unleash billions of dollars in value; we’re already seeing innovative indoor solutions for enterprises, hotels, airports, shopping malls, and other large connected spaces.

For example, we met large hotel property operators and developers who were very excited by the opportunity to track and visualize when guests check out through our heat-mapping feature, so that they efficiently route their housekeeping staff to the ready rooms and optimize usage of their resources and services.

Some companies we met really valued the seamless outdoor to indoor navigation and asset tracking capabilities we can provide. As these companies are tracking such things as mail, supply & inventory, and printer fleets, they require a complete picture of their assets in motion, which includes both indoor and outdoor environments.

Building Simulation

Many commercial real estate developers and property owners require building renderings for simulation modelling. Many don’t have these readily available or accurate. Our solution almost seemed too easy, especially as they can own their own building data for private control. Our proprietary engine quickly renders 2D floor plan data to 3D, and our true to life visualisation creates an intuitive understanding of any space. We can build to any level of detail – so basic, procedural renderings could serve the owners’ need to run various simulations. Our map is a digital twin of the physical world – we want to not only be an accurate representation of your space but also a beautiful and engaging one!

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eeGeo Services

eeGeo  mission is to enable their customers to create intuitive and engaging experiences, by delivering a new approach to mapping.

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Their platform delivers a true 3D representation of the world in which information, content, services and data visualisation can be presented in a visually attractive way that encourages discovery, interaction and provably aids user engagement.

eeGeo are a software technology company whose cloud based, SaaS platform has its origins in the gaming industry. We use gaming know-how married to mobile
technology and big data to create beautiful, geo-spatially accurate renditions of cities, countries and continents to create a fast and fun, interactive 3D map.

To help you bring your 3D mapping application to market quickly and cost effectively with the best differentiation and user experience, eeGeo offers a range of professional services that can be delivered in partnership with your development team.

Map Creation & Customisation
Build new 3D maps to support the regions in which your users will explore, discover and engage with the information, content and services in your application. New cities, regions, countries or continents can be created and delivered through the eeGeo Platform to meet your requirements.
Custom Landmark Modelling
Sometimes particular recognisable landmark areas need that human touch. The eeGeo team can create beautiful, detailed, hand-crafted models of particular buildings, campuses or regions to enhance user engagement and orientation and help with discovery of your content and services.
 Application Development
Our team of developers have extensive experience in building mobile and desktop applications using the eeGeo Platform and SDK. We can help you build all or part of your application and advise on how to get the best out of our 3D mapping. As well as application development for iOS, Android, Windows and OSX, we have experience in integrating a range of third party data and information sources with our mapping.
 Content Creation
Whether building card carousels for self-guided tours of your destinations, or creating a database of information to deliver in the maps as points of interest, our team can help create content from your existing sources as well as integrating new feeds. We can advise on the best mechanisms for delivering information and help differentiate the service experience you deliver through the 3D maps.
 Indoor Maps
We can create detailed models of the interior of your venues and integrate them with our 3D mapping, allowing users of your applications to explore both inside and outside your destinations. The models can be for single or multi story buildings, and can be created for shops, retail malls, sports stadia, tourist attractions, real estate marketing and a multitude of other venue types.  Find out more about our indoor maps.
 Bespoke Features
If your application requires functionality that is currently unavailable in the eeGeo Platform our team can develop dedicated capabilities within the platform to address your use case

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