• Maret Thatcher

Construction Site is now a Spatial Computer

Updated: 5 days ago


When you use Revit and Argyle, you can think of your jobsite like a fully spatial 3D computer--aligned with helpful, interactive holograms.


Those holograms are generated by--you guessed it--BIM.


This one is for the Building Information Manager and Assistant (to the) BIM Manager.


  • What is BIM? Building Information Modeling --Data Rich 3D models that contain multiple types and layers of information.

  • What is AR? Augmented Reality or Jobsite Holograms--A method of viewing and interacting with BIM on the construction site.


Augmented Reality is gaining momentum as the easiest way to view construction project data in context--your 3D models and their metadata are now a whole lot more visible--and valuable as Jobsite Holograms.


Good, well-executed BIM is more worthwhile than ever before, as it is leveraged on more softwares and platforms. Today the same Building Information Model might be used to produce flythrough videos, photoreal renderings, virtual reality experiences--not to mention the 2D Construction Plan Sets that get stained with coffee.


With Argyle, the same BIM that creates the 2D Plans is registered to the jobsite as actual holograms--fully interactive in spatially accurate, 1:1 augmented reality.


So crack your knuckles and learn some best practices to turn your BIM into helpful jobsite holograms.




Best practices for brining BIM into augmented reality.


1. Some model is better than none


Even partial models produce huge project wins. Why? Model + Real World Context = a highlighter on stuff that isn’t even there, a gut check for your as-built, or a tool for insight into future phases.


You can overlay your 2D plans on your 3D model in AR- Every project has some stuff that isn’t modeled, but would be helpful to see. Argyle lets you find penetrations, and yes--reflected ceiling plans as a 1:1 hologram.


2. Do what your BIM Manager Tells You to Do


If you’re lucky to have a BIM Manager on a job, then germ-free-air-five your contractor. The BIM manager’s whole job is knowing the best amount of BIM, most cost effective for your project. So when they tell you they need it modeled, it’s because they need it modeled. Trust them and watch their expertise rake in the efficiencies.


3. No Faked Models


Some folks “model cheaply” and put wrong stuff in to fake a good 2D drawing. This is 2020--no more of that.


4. Play with Placeholders


If you know how to drive Revit and you want to leverage the model without modeling, use placeholder lines and simple boxes instead to mark locations.


What it means: Not everything needs to be modeled in 3D to become a useful--say you have a project with 2D tiedown plan or thousands of bluebangers to install. You’re not modeling every tie down or bluebanger. Instead you can get the same benefit with placeholder lines viewed in AR.


5. Label categories you want to see

In Argyle, you can toggle between trades and phases. It’s all in your labeling, so make it easy on yourself and fill that model with data.


6. Group common elements

Argyle loads pretty fast, but it would load faster if it wasn’t loading every individual bolt on your structural steel as a separate component in the database. If you’re checking individual bolts, that’s your business and we won’t deter you.


If you don’t need the exact bolt and prefer faster load times, group elements like structural steel and MEP parts.


7. No Revit file? Try exporting IFC file into Revit

Argyle only works on Revit right now, but we have had success exporting Tekla and Navis files to IFC and opening them in Revit.


Argyle is Augmented Reality designed for the modern BIM Contractor.


Ready to test drive Argyle on your project? Demo times available here.


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