AR for Engineers: A Collaborative and Secure Augmented Reality Platform for Construction Site Monitoring, Overlaying Complex Drawings, and Disaster Recovery


Authors: Toqeer Ali and Tayyab Naqash
Page Range: 379-395
Published in: International Journal of Energy, Environment, and Economics, Volume 29 Issue 3
ISSN: 1054-853X

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Augmented Reality (AR) is widely accepted in various industries, such as education, healthcare, tourism, business, aeronautical engineering etc. However, the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry still has limited adoption. In literature, plenty of work has been done, especially in increasing localization and usable interface for engineers. Workable applications are available that can model 3D on a physical site. Similarly, inspecting the work in progress is also a cumbersome and tedious task. Engineers and monitors should be physically available on a real site in all these applications. In this work, we propose a Collaborative Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (CAEC) AR architecture for engineers so they can interact with the real site while sitting remotely. The model can create a trusted network through which multiple engineers from various locations can interact with the 3D model on the real site. A smart contract was built that enables engineers to register first on the blockchain network before initiating the collaborative AR environment.

Keywords: Augmented Reality, AR for Engineers, Collaborative Augmented reality

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