INTEGRATION OF BIM AND MOBILE AUGMENTED REALITY IN THE AECO DOMAIN
- 1College of Geomatic Sciences and Surveying Engineering, Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, BP-6202-Rabat, Morocco
- 2Geomatics Unit, University of Liege, 4000 Liège, Belgium
- 3Topography and Planning Engineering Company (S.E.T.A.), 10020 Rabat, Morocco
Keywords: BIM, Mobile Augmented Reality, AECO, Unity, EasyBIM
Abstract. BIM (Building Information Modeling) is increasingly present in a wide range of applications (architecture, engineering, construction, land use planning, utility management, etc.). BIM allows better management of projects through precise planning, communication and collaboration between several stakeholders as well as facilitating the monitoring of project operations. The emergence of Augmented Reality (AR) technology allows the superposition of (2D, 3D) information directly on the physical world, so generating immersive, interactive and enriching experiences for the user. To take advantages of BIM and AR potential in the interaction and the intuitive management in AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation) projects, we propose a BIM-based AR workflow through an application called "EasyBIM". This latter allows access and interaction with a BIM model through functionalities for measurement, data consultation, collaboration, visualization and integration of information from sensors. The application is developed for mobile platforms (tablet, smartphone), and has as input an IFC file (Industry Foundation Classes). Promising test results show that the developed solution can be easily integrated into a BIM context for several use cases: marketing, collaboration, site monitoring, facility management, etc.