AGA CAD Ltd. is the developer of T4R© (Tools 4 Revit®) add-ons for Autodesk® Revit® and professional Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for the fields of architecture, engineering, construction and facilities management. Operating since 1991, AGACAD was among the first Autodesk Authorized Developers in the world to create productivity applications which enhance the workflow of all Autodesk Revit users.
The customer required a HoloLens application for advanced information management in the construction industry. HoloLens is a new technology, still in development and little documentation was available to our own developer. We turned this into a positive. The challenge helped us become skilled in this new technology and we are now able to more efficiently and quickly create other HoloLens applications.
SneakyBox developed an application which enables the user to upload all of a building’s blueprints – in the form of a 3D model – into a database. They can then ‘enter’ the building, walk around it and place features like furniture, lighting, textiles, plumbing and so on within it using their precise dimensions and properties – seeing them in the real context of the building environment and confirming or changing their location and co-ordinates within the model. They can also upload and view detailed information about the features, including web link if required.
In short, the user can create a 3D model, furnish it inside with all its features and see them ‘in situ’ with precise markers of their location and all the information about them which they might need in ‘mixed reality’ – a powerful for designers, architects, builders and all those involved in construction projects.
TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS
Game engine: Unity
Frameworks and libraries: Windows 10 SDK
Languages: C#, XAML, JSON
IDE: Visual Studio
Other tools: Git