Trimble and CSCEC No. 1 Building Group Corporation Limited (CSCEC Group 1), one of the largest building contractors in China and a world-leading engineering and construction firm, announced today that they are collaborating to explore the applications of mixed-reality technology in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.
As part of Trimble's Mixed-Reality Pilot Program, CSCEC Group 1 is the first organization in China to use Microsoft HoloLens and Trimble Mixed-Reality solutions.
A new generation of mixed-reality tools from Trimble, integrated with the Microsoft HoloLens, focuses on improving the quality, collaboration and efficiency in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures. When used by AEC professionals, the HoloLens device extends interaction with 3D models beyond the confines of a 2D computer screen, creating new ways for the many stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualize, collaborate, share ideas and manage change.
With mixed reality, the primary mode of interaction is spatial. Design teams can review and interact with 3D models in the context of their physical environment and explore previously invisible aspects of a building's performance. The technology improves communication by providing a natural, yet innovative way to interact with complex data and enables 3D-based remote collaboration between project stakeholders.
"We are very excited to become the first partner in China for Trimble's Mixed-Really Pilot Program by actively engaging in this technology evolution and creating a mixed-reality lab," said Xue Gang, chief engineer for CSCEC Group 1. "As one of largest construction firms in China, CSCEC Group 1 invests in innovative solutions to improve productivity and operations. We believe mixed-realty technology will profoundly change the way we communicate in the AEC industry. It will improve collaboration, reduce waste and enhance the quality and safety in projects."
"Mixed reality is one of most exciting and anticipated technologies in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations (AECO) industry and we are committed to transforming the way our customers consume, interact and communicate data," said Aviad Almagor, director of Trimble's Mixed-Reality Program. "We are pleased to work with CSCEC and look forward to introduce mixed reality technology to China's construction market."