If you’ve created an InfraWorks 360 model, you know there are many ways to visualize a proposed design on your computer screen. If however, you are using an iPad or tablet you can actually take a “virtual walkthrough” of a model using augmented reality. When the augmented reality feature is turned on, the InfraWorks 360 mobile app will identify your physical position (and view direction), and then match you to the corresponding position and orientation in the model. As you walk, your iPad can serve as a “window into the future” allowing you to view a proposed design in the context of the existing site.
I experimented with this feature recently and was very impressed with the results! I started by building a model of an existing fast food restaurant. I then toured the restaurant site while using the InfraWorks 360 mobile app’s augmented reality feature.
If you’re interested, I’ve created a video that walks through the process. In the recording I demonstrate how to setup and use the augmented reality feature. In addition, the recording includes a side-by-side comparison between the InfraWorks 360 view, and a real-world view. If you get a chance, try experimenting with this feature. You may find it to be a great way to add a little virtual reality to your next site visit!
Note: This recording demonstrates the accuracy I’ve been able to achieve using this technique with a three year old iPad. That being said, there are many things that can affect GPS accuracy so it’s possible that your results may vary.