A trial into engineers checking bridge safety from remote locations is being undertaken from the University of Cambridge and Trimble.
The trial involves workers at the bridge taking digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) photos, which are then uploaded to a cloud. The images would then be stitched together, so that the remote engineer can move around the structure and zoom in to see areas of concern, such as cracks, in more detail. Researchers are doing this by using Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset.
“Cambridge University is a world-renowned educational institution, and it’s been a fascinating experience to partner with the university and Microsoft, using HoloLens to envision the future of the AEC industry. This initiative has helped us to inform the next frontier of technology within the sector – especially in areas such as construction, where IT has traditionally been underutilised. At Trimble, we’re excited about the potential mixed reality has to transform this industry, and partnering with Cambridge and Microsoft is just the beginning,” said Trimble’s mixed reality programme director Aviad Almagor on a blog on the Microsoft News Centre.