University of Strathclyde and arbnco win buildingSMART award

The University of Strathclyde, arbnco’s longstanding research partner, and our very own Senior Developer, Stephen Oliver, have been recognised for their innovative work in the field of energy modelling, after receiving a special distinction award at the annual buildingSMART International awards in Tokyo, Japan.

The accolade demonstrates excellence and innovation in the use and adoption of buildingSMART standards and solutions. It was one of six projects to be awarded a special distinction from over 80 submissions globally.

The winning project focused on improving the functionality of Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) interfaces for supporting Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is a digital representation of a real building. It created an audio-visual query system for VR/AR, which permits peripheral free interactions with buildingSMART’s open source IFCnd Unity model – the format through which the building information is shared.

The use of gaming technology VR/AR interfaces are increasingly being adopted at the design stage to help building professionals visualise, experience and assess a building and its internal assets in 3D, rather than as a 2D set of data.

This project was built around two previous research projects that Stephen worked on alongside the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde, which looked into virtual photogrammetry and game engine integration.

For the full list of winners at this year’s buildingSMART International awards, click here. Congratulations to everyone involved in the VR/AR BIM project!