Microsoft to bring Immersive 3D to AEC Models with HoloLens and SketchUp

Microsoft and Trimble to Bring 3D models to life with HoloLens holographic platform

You’ve heard of the Oculus Rift, you’ve seen holodecks on sci-fi shows and you may have read about Reality Computing with us before. But have you heard of the HoloLens yet?

Microsoft’s answer to the Oculus Rift, the HoloLens is a holographic computer headset. It runs on Windows 10.

With the HoloLens, users can project all their favorite apps and social media into the world around them. Users interact through hand gestures and voice commands.

HoloLens in an AEC World

The technology is already finding real world applications in AEC industries thanks to integration with Trimble’s SketchUp.

With SketchUp, AEC professionals can take 3D models from their computers and upload them into the HoloLens. Models can be presented in miniature in front of users both near and far, or you can build the model around you in full scale.

Alterations to 3D models can be made in real time with the HoloLens, making “what-if” scenarios and changes in plans easier to handle out in the field.

AEC professionals will see their models come to life around them through the HoloLens’ mixed-reality 3D display.

“Microsoft HoloLens is a revolutionary tool for people and businesses enabling professionals in industries like design and construction to do more and achieve more,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP at Microsoft. “Trimble’s deep knowledge of design and construction processes makes it a natural partner in bringing holographic computing to this industry.” 

Microsoft, Trimble Partnership

Trimble’s team-up with Microsoft doesn’t end with SketchUp, though.

Trimble Connect, based on Gehry Technologies’ GTeam software acquired in 2014, will enable teams to access and manage project data via a cloud platform.

An integrated camera system, the Trimble V10 Imaging Rover, will capture 360-degree digital panoramas transform them into data-rich geospatial deliverables.

These HoloLens applications, including the integration of SketchUp, are still under development.

The HoloLens proof of concept was displayed earlier this week at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference.

What fantasies do you see coming to life with the HoloLens and SketchUp pairing? Let us know in the comments below.

For more information on the HoloLens watch this video, or visit Microsoft’s official page.

Learn more about Trimble here.