Augmented Reality for Construction Site Monitoring and Documentation

Stefanie Zollmann, Christof Hoppe, Stefan Kluckner, Christian Poglitsch, Horst Bischof, Gerhard Reitmayr

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Augmented reality (AR) allows for an on-site presentation of information that is registered to the physical environment. Applications from civil engineering, which require users to process complex information, are among those which can benefit particularly highly from such a presentation. In this paper, we will describe how to use AR to support monitoring and documentation of construction site progress. For these tasks, the responsible staff usually requires fast and comprehensible access to progress information to enable comparison to the as-built status as well as to as-planned data. Instead of tediously searching and mapping related information to the actual construction site environment, our AR system allows for the access of information right where it is needed. This is achieved by superimposing progress as well as as-planned information onto the user's view of the physical environment. For this purpose, we present an approach that uses aerial 3-D reconstruction to automatically capture progress information and a mobile AR client for on-site visualization. Within this paper, we will describe in greater detail how to capture 3-D, how to register the AR system within the physical outdoor environment, how to visualize progress information in a comprehensible way in an AR overlay, and how to interact with this kind of information. By implementing such an AR system, we are able to provide an overview about the possibilities and future applications of AR in the construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-154
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing


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