How holographic computing can transform the construction and architecture industries


The construction industry is a multibillion-dollar industry. Yet, many of their processes have remained unchanged. Even though many technologies have been introduced to the construction and architecture industry over the last decade, holographic computing enabled by IoT devices like Microsoft Hololens is fundamentally changing how people visualize things, collaborate, and work in the construction industry.

Microsoft’s HoloLens, one-of-a-kind wearable holographic computer, is a revolutionary gizmo powered by Windows 10 that enables users to interact with high-definition holograms in the real world. In other words, it lets you see how holograms melded with reality. This enables architects and construction managers to be more imaginative while changing the way they think about design.

A gaze into the current scenario

Architects have to deal with space, shapes, and 3D objects as part of their job. Moreover, they need to create designs, translate them into a set of 2D documents. It has always been a difficult part for architects, engineers, contractors to collaborate remotely and interpret physical and digital information as well as dimensional relationships more effectively.

Until now, paper drawings have been one of the most common and effective ways to interact with each other and show the dynamics. Though a few sophisticated software and tools are available in the market that allow engineers to design and build 3D models of a building or construction site, the size of such files are very big. Not only is it difficult to share those files, but it also requires high-end engineering computers to render 3D models.

How Hololens presents a completely new paradigm

Not everyone is good at visualizing 3D. When making important decisions related to designs, concepts, and structure, showing the dynamics is very hard to do but Hololens immediately solves that problem.

This new member to wearables brings powerful mixed-reality technology feature and amazing capabilities, enabling users to bring complex architectural designs to life. Mixed reality provides an unparalleled level of real-world proportion, scale, form, and perspective. Perhaps you can relate this technology to how Robert Downey Jr in the Iron Man movies and Tom Cruise in Minority Report manipulate data and holographic objects, with just their hands.

Mixed reality market is expected to reach up to USD 453.4 Million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 75.2% between 2016 and 2020. – MarketsandMarkets

With augmented reality, getting things from geometry into the physical world has become very simple. Microsoft’s HoloLens bridges the gap between the 2D and 3D space. It enables engineers and architects to cost-effectively visualize and navigate a holographic representation from the convenience of their workspace.

Improved collaboration, quality, and transparency across the Design-Build-Operate lifecycle of buildings enable engineers to take important decisions about how to design it at the moment of inception instead of several months.

Here are some of the main reasons why you should hire Hololens developers and transform the way you work:

  • A more natural way to collaborate and interact with teammates irrespective of location
  • Bring holograms to life, in your own real world
  • Interact and control holograms in the most natural way possible – it understands your voice, gestures, and gaze

A few HoloLens app development companies including Softweb Solutions Inc. along with engineering, health, and automotive companies have already partnered with Microsoft to explore new possibilities with HoloLens. When it comes to the construction industry, holographic computing and mixed reality certainly introduce a new way to scale model or conceptualize a blueprint in a more immersive manner.

If you are not sure how to adapt and maximize mixed reality in your business or have any idea about Hololens app development, feel free to get in touch with us and discuss further.

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