Altus Group was recently a finalist for the David Thompson Award, “Challenging Non-Cadastral Survey Project”, at the National Surveyors Conference for our Virtual/Augmented Reality tool.
HOW DO WE, AS AN INDUSTRY, PRESENTLY VIEW OUR CONSTRUCTION PLANS?
At the moment, and as a general consensus, we all have our own standards in construction planning; whether through bird’s eye 2D view layouts, isometrics, and more recently digital models. The world keeps growing, and in this we require more knowledge, understanding and skills to perceive and communicate these ideas to all parties.
HAVE WE EVER FELT OVERWHELMED? IN THE OFFICE OR IN THE FIELD?
Now with all these methods of communicating designs, those involved have become overwhelmed by the massive amount of information being relayed. Imagine our clients; owners, consultants, contractors. Many of them have an understanding of what is involved, are able to read and interpret the plan. As these projects grow, become more convoluted, and involve other fields of expertise it is easy for some information to get lost in the wash, or for the information to exist beyond their field of expertise.
HAVE WE EVER QUESTIONED THE MEDIUM?
To this day, we still use the same systems to show information. Sure we have expanded and included new standards, but what we do now is still visually the same practice as we have been using for decades. What if our medium for purveying the information could be improved? With technologies and communications tools advancing every day, we are now able to build systems that could assist with these hindrances.