Visualisation, AR & VR

Seminar Session

With their focus on sharing and cooperation, Virtual and Augmented realities have the potential to profoundly change the way individuals and teams work. Driven by rapid data capture sensors, new data sources, new platforms like drones and new 3D immersive visualisation tools, this session brings together practical examples of how these technologies are changing the working environment in the real business world.

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Session Programme: 09:30 - 11:10

09:30 - 09:50 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Geo Immersive Reality (GIR)

Layla Gordon, AR/VR lead in OSLabs, Ordnance Survey

Maps are a reference to real world objects. They help us navigate and make sense of the world by providing a list and locations of places and objects and a drawing to help understand the attributes of objects invisible to our eyes. The height and contours of a mountain, the dimensions of a property,  etc, all relevant to help understand the environment. However, if this geospataial information is to help the user understand the world in their current location, it makes sense to use Augmented Reality to add the geospatial attribution of real world objects as a digital overlay and to be visualised by a smart phone or glasses.

The level of immersiveness has been proven by psychologists to improve information retention by 20%.

Layla is a Computer Scientist with over 12 years of agile development experience in Computer Vision, Bio metrics, AI and Neural Networks and more recently 3D data visualisation in Hololens and location-based in AR on mobile devices. She is very passionate about emerging and future technologies and how they would impact users in data visualisation and interactions. Currently heading all the AR/VR/MR activities OS Labs developing POC’s for immersive technology usage in GIS and smart cities.

Demonstrators she has currently developed with her team include Mixed Reality (Hololens), AR (iOS, ARKit, Vuforia) and VR Occulus Rift. Her mobile location-based AR research is now the OSMaps app multi-award winning AR layer https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/ar/

Featured in The Register with her work in AR field since 2006 – https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/20/ordnance_survey_augmented_map_week/ Previous to OS she completed her Mphil funded by DARPA as part of their HumanID project at University of Southampton.

09:50 - 10:10 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Does it scale? Visualising large spaces with high speed and precision

Ignacio Pérez Hallerbach, Vice President EMEA & Ecosystem, NavVis GmbH

It is clear that the widespread use of virtual representations (such as AR and VR) of physical spaces will have a tremendous effect on how we use as well as collaborate in and around such spaces. The issue is that, until recently, capturing and visualising large spaces was either very costly and time-consuming or did not yield precise results. Moreover, only few expert users then actually had access to such data, dramatically limiting its value for organisations. Recent technological developments are starting to solve these issues, opening up a myriad of possibilities for creative data use and collaboration.

At NavVis, Ignacio Perez Hallerbach leads the EMEA region as well as the global partner ecosystem. Prior to joining NavVis, Ignacio worked at McKinsey & Company where he led digital transformation projects for large global corporations. Ignacio holds degrees in industrial engineering and management from Cambridge, Warwick and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

10:10 - 10:30 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Emerging immersion in construction

Martin McDonnell, Chairman and Founder, Soluis Group and Sublime

Communication is key: site induction with work zones described on a 2D plan doesn’t make sense until you step foot on site. We communicate by sight, sound and shared experience. The best work gets done by teams with shared goals and shared experience of the challenge at hand. The application for health & safety and site communication is clear for this technology but where are we headed and what can we expect in the realms of shared experience and the augmented worker? The presentation will look at the Soluis’ portal and discuss advantages of being able to experience and plan the site virtually in a shared space.

Since 2000 Martin has built a group of successful businesses that deliver best in class 3D visualisation and interactive digital presentation.  His vision to connect the latest digital technology platforms to the needs of different market sectors has led his businesses to be amongst the earliest innovators in bringing the benefits of augmented and virtual reality to the industries including design, construction, manufacturing and healthcare.  Martin is now pioneering, and a recognised thought leader, in the development of shared immersive solutions for business and advanced AR assisted tools that will transform the world of work.

10:30 - 10:50 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Multisensor photogrammetric platforms – the answer for urban smart cities worldwide

Witold Kuznicki, Key Account Manager, MGGP Aero

The presentation will show how a multisensor photogrammetric platform, which took almost two years to design, can simultaneously capture geodata. This scalable and combined configuration allows acquisition of nadir and oblique imagery and LiDAR simultaneously. So one multisensor platform collects all the data which is needed to map a city from each of four directions and in 3D. The application includes processing tools and internet publishing TMS (tile map service) without having to install additional plug-ins.

Witold Kuznicki has been working in aerial surveying for 10 years. He is responsible for sales and business development in MGGP Aero – aerial images and laser scanning services provider from Poland. The company has a fleet of several aircrafts with multiple mounting options to use a different kind of sensors. More often expand its services to Europe.

10:50 - 11:10 Tue 22   Theatre 1

Advanced use of UAV data – from ‘cross-border’ project to new tool for inspection

Jesper Falk, Market Director, COWI A/S

In 2015 a strategic management initiative within COWI began hatching the idea of using 3D models for Structural Inspection. Colleagues from different departments and Business Units in COWI A/S considered ideas for cooperating in order to use and benefit from each other’s professional expertise. Using Virtual 3D model imagery acquired from UAV’s for inspection, was one such idea. Virtual 3D models for inspection engineers opens up a new set of possibilities for improving planning and executing their inspection workflow. This presentation describes the process from start to completion of the first version of the Virtual Inspection.

Jesper Falk holds a Master’s degree in Surveying & Geodesy from Aalborg University, Denmark, and he has worked at the Consulting Engineering and Mapping company COWI A/S since 2001. Jesper is since 2010 assigned as Head of Section for the Geoservices / Surveying section at COWI Denmark and from 2015 also assigned as Market Director in the same section with responsibility for International Sales. Given the task as Head of Section, he is responsible for daily operation of the section which include surveying services using traditional and advanced survey technologies such as: GNSS, 3D scanning, mobile mapping, UAV operation and 360 degree imagery. Jesper is also involved in sales and development of innovative solutions within Geodata including the inspection platform CVI.

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