Augmented Reality in AEC

While the concept of virtual reality is now very familiar to most technology professionals and its use commonplace in many industries including AEC, there is another concept that is slowly emerging and gaining ground in technology—that of augmented reality (AR) which “augments” physical reality with additional relevant content instead of replacing it altogether. This article describes the basic workings of the technology and captures the highlights of the “AR in Real Estate, Urban Design, and Construction” track at the recent Augmented World Expo (AWE), which provides some insights into the potential application of AR in AEC.