Designers and engineers from the firm will use Microsoft HoloLens “mixed-reality” technology on projects in the capital.
The headsets feed-in 3D engineering models as holograms allowing the AECOM team to interact with virtual projects.
AECOM President Stephen M. Kadenacy said: “Exploring complex structures in a mixed-reality environment has huge potential to accelerate the engineering design process.
“With this technology we can gain greater clarity earlier in the design review process than with 2D drawings or 3D models on screen, and team members in different locations, each wearing a headset, can simultaneously explore the same holographic projections.”
AECOM is working with tehnology specialist Trimble on the scheme which has already been trialed on the Serpentine Galleries’ annual architecture program in London.
Designers and engineers can view a complex structure as if it were a 3D model placed on a table, or zoom in for a 1:1 view that simulates what it would be like to move through its structural framework.
AECOM is now deploying HoloLens devices in London, Hong Kong and Denver.