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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept

Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Driving will be a lot more fun with Jaguar Land Rover’s new Virtual Windscreen concept that’ll provide drivers with an interactive virtual display on their vehicle’s windshield. The concept technology will sort of be like an augmented-reality experience while you drive (or really race), offering you info on speed info and lap times, in real …
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Really just a concept but does remind us to the potential of using AR on the windscreen. 

I would like to see someone take some of the sensor data from the autonomous car cameras - and feed warnings to the driver via such an AR screen. 

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Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It

Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
The campaign for the Honda Fit 2015 managed to convince 1500 people to buy the Honda Fit without ever seeing it in the "flesh". - See more at: http://www.lbbonline.com/news/why-1500-people-bought-the-honda-fit-without-ever-really-seeing-it/#sthash.aHVUyfan.dpuf
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At 4D Pipeline we've helped customers and their Clients build compelling Augmented Reality Apps and Configurators that help sell Cars, Shoes, Kitchens, Clothes, and Office Furniture. This is a great overview by S&S on their success with AR and how with creative approaches you can sell more Product. First hand we've helped customer take a few more steps, designing them collaboratively, promoting their products more with marketing that goes viral and works, and ultimately selling more and selling more cost efficiently. Contact us (obligation free) to learn more about Augmented Reality and interactive 3D Product Configurators and how we can help your product do so much better. jed (at) 4Dpipeline (dot) com
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Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way

Land Rover - Augmented Cars in a New Way | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
If you haven't heard already, Land Rover is working on an augmented reality car hood concept that makes your hood transparent. The concept is simple: when begins tipping up (on a rising hill for in...
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Very neat application for Augmented Reality, similar to what fighter pilots have been experimenting with (think xray vision through the aircraft).

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Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video]

Ford Uses OculusVR Tech To Get Behind The Wheel Of Virtual Cars [Video] | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Engineers don Oculus Rift headsets to evaluate vehicles that don't yet exist. 
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Lots more news and updates on Oculus Rift, especially about their buyout by Facebook for $2B. Here is the first of a few.

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What VR could, should and almost certainly will be within two years - Michael Abrash

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Great find. Today and in 20 years when people look back at the early years of programming (and in particular 3D graphics/games) there will be a handful of names that stand out, John Carmack, Michael Abrash, are probably two the greatest of our age. When they speak, it's worth listening.

VR - "Virtual Reality" aka pup on a headset and see/interact in 3D has been one of the holy grails for a long time. Abrash thinks it's really truly almost ready for prime time and that it will be "here" sooner than most people think. 

He talks about the "magic" of VR and the VR presence.

Worth a read.

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Jed Fisher's comment, January 20, 4:11 AM
More at http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/my-steam-developers-day-talk/
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VR for a mixed-reality experience.  It goes way beyond gaming to larger industries like the trillion dollar AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry.  And moving beyond collaborative and immersive design to immersing both professionals and consumers in digital fabrication data (for design and manufacturing).    This isn't just the future, it's already here, and being developed now.   

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Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud

Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Architecture, Engineering and Construction

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It's Autodesk University Week! #AU2013 the big gather in Vegas to talk shop and have a little fun!

So to celebrate let's talk about Bentley Systems instead :-)

 

1.5 years many companies were saying “cloud’s not going to happen” and talking about a mobile product 5+ years away. No more excuses for this thinking. Cloud and mobile are here and increasingly changing the game.

Bentley, and other big players like Autodesk, Dassault, and Nemetschek is now realizing it needs to start embracing the cloud, mobile, and Apps. Big old clunky desktop products are thankfully dying a slow death. 

They are discovering that Cloud and Mobile are not just buzzwords, they open up new business opportunities and improved customer workflows. Now, with their cloud/app future, they can better tap into SaaS, downstream Owners, uber “bim” models (Bentley’s ones are call i-models), cloud based simulation, bim access, Augmented Reality use for building information, reaching construction i.e. Apps for the field, and the easier to use user experiences.

Will be interesting to watch Bentley Systems progress over the coming months.

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Ray Howard's curator insight, December 3, 2013 4:00 AM
Bentley is taking a measured approach to cloud services, allowing its users to set their own pace as they embrace data mobility, simulation and flexible licensing
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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Market Worth 1.06 Billion by 2018

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VR/AR is not a market in itself, it's a technology, hence it doenst make so much sense to measure. Nevertheless, some market data for those looking for it.

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InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos

InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference 2013 http://www.metaio.com/insideAR (InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos: http://t.co/2v92UfzkTO)...

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Nice summary of the InsideAR event. As always Metaio does a nice job with the event. This year it was at the same location as RTT Excite. I would have liked to have seen some newer speakers this year (many repeats from last year). I particularly liked Gabriel from Mitsubishi Electric who showed a great example of AR for sales . Also VW/Audi are also doing some nice things in this space (see my previous scoops). And lots of fun to see SAP present Visual Enterprise and step by step instructions on the mobile (the Visual Enterprise technology is from my old company Right Hemisphere).

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Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1

Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
After developing an augmented reality car manual for the Audi A3 and similar software for wearables like Glass, Metaio certainly knows a thing or two
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Another nice AR solution by MetaIO. 

Also looking forward to the Metaio InsideAR conference in Munich October 10th/11th. If you plan to attend and would like to meet up  - give me a yell jed(at)4dpipeline.com 

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This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner

This Amazing Accessory Turns Your iPad Into a 3-D Scanner | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
More than a cool gadget, the team at Occipital hopes to create a platform that will give smartphones and tablets a new set of super powers.
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This is unreal - having the ability to scan to millimeter precision is incredibly powerful. It's like having a precise Kinect attached to your iPad. Watch the video to see a bunch of really useful use cases. When it comes to 3D scanning and 3D Augmented Reality this is a major game changer.
I'm going to try to order one today - if you are curious about working with this platform - let me know. 

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Really made my day! I wonder if with the use of haptix stereo camera it would be possible to improve the results even further and get all the material information.
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This Google Glass baseball app brings real-time game info directly to your face

This Google Glass baseball app brings real-time game info directly to your face | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Google Glass might be the best thing to happen to baseball since Mariano Rivera. Via an app called Blue, Glass can now give baseball fans real-time info as they watch games. The app, which has alre...
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Following my last post - here is another nice example Google Glass app.

Remember folks - this is only the beginning!

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Google Glass-enabled medicine: the first Google Glass surgery

Google Glass-enabled medicine: the first Google Glass surgery | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Spanish medicine stands to turn Google Glass from spring 2014’s hottest accessoryinto a way to save lives. From the first surgery performed entirely through the eye of the Glass to dozens of mobile applications, Spanish Glass-based innovation is poised to change the way doctors work and communicate


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Fantastic use case.

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Carlos Garcia Pando's curator insight, September 6, 2013 11:03 AM

Guillen is ready to perform his next Google Glass surgery on September 17, where he will be able to show from his perspective another operation that he invented — wireless arthroscopic surgery, which was first performed in 2007. Guillen and his team at the Clínica CEMTRO de Madrid invented the Wireless Arthroscopic Device (WAD), which is a tiny camera inserted through a small incision used to examine and sometimes repair a damaged joint. Since the joint isn’t fully opened, recovery time is much shorter.

He said that his clinic is “probably the top in the world” for such surgeries and that “all of my patients are out-patient,” including former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar, footballer Fernando “El Niño” Torres, and several rhythmic gymnasts, an Olympic sport that Spain typically medals in.

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Meta Augmented reality glasses now available for pre-order, does what Glass can't

Meta Augmented reality glasses now available for pre-order, does what Glass can't | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

Over a year after the announcement Of Google Glass, many folks I talk to still seem to be misunderstanding what Glass can actually do.

“It’ll be great for Augmented Reality!” they say, assuming that Glass can render objects directly into your full view of the world (it can’t.) “Ooh! It’ll be like Minority Report!”, expecting Glass’ camera to pick up your every hand wave (it doesn’t.)

Then they try on a pair and realize that… well, that’s not what Glass is. But it’s what Meta is aiming to be — and their first (read: still a bit rough) version is going on sale to the public starting today.

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I can't believe it's taken this long. Surprised someone has not decided to hack an Oculus VR headset.

Early days still with Meta but hoping to see more soon

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Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass

Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
The future of virtual reality is not bound to a chair, so Metaio is encouraging folks to take a stroll. The augmented-reality firm will today unveil its "6D Augmented Reality Holodeck" tech, which ...
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Click the link to see the video.

We've (4D Pipeline) found this to be a great fit for walking around an "work in progress" building build. Use AR to see the finished building.

Another way we've used this when doing car interiors, let the user have  a VR experience to what it's like inside the car.

Great to see the technology always improving.

Contact me to hear how 4D Pipeline can help your next App/product.

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Students Engage in Immersive Learning With Interactive 3D Learning Stations from zSpace

Students Engage in Immersive Learning With Interactive 3D Learning Stations from zSpace | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Along with the Los Altos School District, we are excited to officially announce a pilot program in STEM education that will bring immersive 3D learning stations to students at Covington, Santa Rita,...
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I've always really liked ZSpace, they provide great technology for manufacturing company but now really focus on education. Specifically science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, medical instruction, corporate training and research.

The zSpace Virtual Reality solution consists of a high res screen, 3D glasses, and a stylus for manipulating the 3D VR environment.
As a father of three, it's wonderful to see kids engage with learning. Why learn from a book or listen to a teacher when you can just "Do"! Do it in 3D, interact with molecules, or do a physics experiment.
It's not work, it's play!
Awesome use of this fantastic technology.

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John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition

John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker....
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In case you had not heard - Facebook recently bought Oculus VR for $2 Billion dollars, a pretty penny.

Reactions are divided, there are two camps,

1. Those who think Zuckerberg has gone crazy and has bought a prelaunch/pre-real-revenue high risk company that has nothing to do with Facebook/Social. Add to this group all the people who invested in their huge Kickstarter and got nothing from the buyout (some of these guys are sending the Oculus death threats!)

2. Those who think this is a brilliant move with Zuckerberg reacting to Google Glass and see Oculus as a great platform to extend Facebook.

 

Many folks have asked me what I think. In short - I think Oculus is an excellent asset for Facebook to have, I just don’t think it’s currently worth anywhere near $2B. There are other alternatives that are technically equal or superior but are just less “cool”, most would be buyable for millions not billions. For example: http://technicalillusions.com/ (these guys also have had a great Kickstarter).

Reasons I see it making sense for Facebook:

- it’s social

- it’s wearable (trending and responding to other VR/AR goggles/glasses) 

- it’s great for gaming and Facebook increasingly is doing more in gaming

- it’s great for VR experiences such as shopping, virtual worlds

- plenty of business uses too - in AEC/Manufacturing and more.

 

In short - it’s great for 3D+VR+Social+Cloud and people of all walks of life - especially those who had stock in Oculus ;-)

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5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year

5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
As we face the new calendar year with improved exercise routines and diets, here are five innovative young startups to watch in the headlines.

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As often discussed, to be successful in any tech (especially something like AR) one needs to focus on great use cases. This is a nice summary of some of the new players in this space who are doing exactly this.

BTW - 4D Pipeline plug - we've worked on multiple AR projects helping our customers be successful with products by improving the experience in sales, product configurators, design reviews, product experiences,  architecture walkthroughs and visualizations, assembly instructions, and more - if you'd like and hand with your #innovation, #AR, or just #doingmore let me know - we've a an awesome team of agile product designs and developers to let you turn idea into reality.

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Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for "work" or for the "home." We just use..

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Good end of year overview to where AR is going particular with BIM and AEC/field work. 

I'm glad to see people increasing referring to AR not as a technology but instead by it's usecase - for example, helping with in field repair/assembly support.

PS I love the structural sensor (see my previous blog post).

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 23, 2013 5:41 PM

"The future of augmented reality is tied to devices like the iPad. But that’s just the foundation for a next generation of apps. These apps will leverage endless stores of data that will take the form of physical objects and provide people with expert knowledge that will be immediately available. This will allow us to see the world in whole new ways and forever transform how we live and work."

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Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms

Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Thanks to inexpensive mobile devices and increasingly advanced software apps, Building Teams are finally able to bring their BIM models to life on the job site.
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So many people are rightfully skeptical for Augmented Reality. It's often a technology searching for a use case.

In BIM/AEC there are many use cases that AR is perfect for. Seeing what's behind a wall, x-ray vision, comparing design with "as built", seeing scheduling or what part of the building is in use.

Expect to see some of the most useful AR being in the building sector (and downstream). 

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Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses

Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

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Google Glass has been a catalyst for AR and for wearable computers. Unfortunately it was limited when it came to AR, however we are now seeing many companies coming out with AR enabled glasses, Vuzix is probably the leader today, now we are seeing many new startups coming into this space.

 

Also see http://www.slashgear.com/ora-true-augmented-reality-glasses-to-ship-in-january-22302688/

 
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Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
CSIRO's Smart Vision AR tech makes it easy to get a realistic idea of what your next pair of shades will look like on you. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.
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InsideAR conference is tomorrow - so let's do another AR post today. This is one from a small AR company in Australia. They like many others have attempted to solve eye wear with AR. Unlike others they seem to have done a very nice job of it. Definitely give the video a watch this is much better than other examples. 

What I like is their approach, instead of trying to solve it all in realtime AR and have poor user experiences they do a face scan first then apply the sunglasses and let you adjust. They've also done a nice job of focusing on other aspects such as sharing/comparison.

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Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone

Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Smartphones have pretty good cameras, but nowhere near good enough to do the kind of high accuracy measurement work that's required for engineering or remodelling projects.
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Very neat and damn useful.

Very helpful for AR and 3D shape detection as well.

 

 

 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, October 2, 2013 2:34 PM
Very interesting and useful tool as complementary for outdoor photogrammetry techniques.
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Metaio to Unveil First Hands-Free Car Manual on Google Glass

Metaio to Unveil First Hands-Free Car Manual on Google Glass, New 3-D Tracking Technology and optimized wearable augmented reality platform at InsideAR 2013 ...
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Everyone is going to think I've gone Glass crazy - three Glass posts in one week. Nice job by our friends at Metaio.

Also looking forward to the Metaio InsideAR conference in Munich October 10th/11th. If you plan to attend are looking for a similar solution to this - give me a yell jed(at)4dpipeline.com 

 

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Honda and Audi show the future of driving at Nvidia conference

Honda and Audi show the future of driving at Nvidia conference | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
At seminars during the annual Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Honda and Audi discussed new automotive technologies that could change the way we drive. Read this article by Wayne Cunningham on CNET.
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This is a example of just one of the many brilliant talks at this years NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). 

If you havent done it already pencil in March 24th-27th for the 2014 event. 

BTW, if you happen to work in the automotive or manufacturing sector and use the GPU or products that use the GPU then get in touch with me as there are still some speaker slots open (4D Pipeline is again helping with the organization of it) jed(at)4Dpipeline.com

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Between the Poles: The convergence of geospatial and BIM is gathering steam

Between the Poles: The convergence of geospatial and BIM is gathering steam | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

In the construction world, 3D modelling and model-based design, which integrate BIM, GIS and survey, and laser-scanning (LiDAR) in a 3D visualisation environment, are increasingly being used to improve the design and build phases of the construction process.  

According to McGraw-Hill Construction, the overall adoption of BIM has increased from 17% in 2007 to 71% in 2012 in the US, registering a 45% growth over the last three years, or 400% growth over the last five years.  McGraw-Hill Construction estimates that the use of BIM for infrastructure is about three years behind the BIM use on vertical projects but predicts that adoption in the horizontal market will occur at a faster rate than the rate of adoption in the vertical market.

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#BIM and #GIS convergence continues to gain ground.

Software BIM/GIS Companies like bim+ (bimplus.net), Onuma, ESRI, Revizto, Trimble, Autodesk, Bentley, and others seem to be seeing this and are working on some innovative solutions. (For example, take a look at an earlier Onuma Ted talk http://sco.lt/4yGuSf ;).

It makes a lot of sense, afterall, we now have an intelligent building BIM model that is connected to a ton of Information. Once the building is built it needs to run, that means monitoring energy, water/grid usage, even see the parking and population effect. Plus of course surveying and visualization needs (e.g. things get really exciting when you can look at a building with VR/AR x-ray vision on an see the infromation you need). 

Smart Buildings make Smart Cities.

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, September 3, 2013 11:14 PM

As smart buildings get interconnected with city infrastructure we will start to see new types of city management  and governance applications. As BIM and GIS combine with smart sensors we begin to get building level operating systems for developers, owners and operators. Local government will begin to look to see how these integrate into city and regional governance platforms over the coming years especially in areas such as energy and water use, transport planning and perfomance compliance.