UrbanPlanAR is a digital visualisation solution designed to enhance the value of BIM information by enabling in-field visualisation from any location, in real-time – creating more engaging and accessible understanding, integrated with current processes, software and formats.

Using 3D data and augmented reality on mobile tablets, information is taken on-site for better contextual decision making by planners, developers & communities.

The project is a 2-year, Innovate UK funded collaboration between industry lead Linknode (mobile, visualisation) and Heriot-Watt University, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (BIM and localisation).

The solution is a disruptive technology providing a 21st century alternative to desktop-based or VR assessment without outsourcing, remodelling or expensive proprietary systems.  UrbanPlanAR solves problems of:

  • Accurate urban location positioning – without the reliance on GNSS and only using affordable off-the-shelf consumer tablets
  • Disenfranchised stakeholders – by creating visualisations (impact assessments) personalised to their location in real-time
  • Late stage visualisation after design completion – by enabling integration and viewpoints throughout a project lifecycle at no additional cost
  • Remove expensive duplication in modelling – by providing a data pipeline integrated with existing tools and flowlines from major vendors

In order to:

  • Maximise reuse through existing investment in BIM and digital design
  • Provide accessible understanding of impact from within local communities
  • Deliver and share data for immediacy and relevance
  • Create trustworthy visualisations to enable better decision making

We use localisation, augmented reality, BIM and 3D mobile technology to create software that delivers contextual information at the point of need. Our software aligns with the beliefs and vision of leading organisations such as Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) whose objectives are to:

  • Help create better buildings, streets and sustainable places
  • Encourage more people to get involved in making sustainable places
  • Increase the understanding of architecture and design within the planning system
  • Promote architecture and design nationally and internationally
  • Provide leadership for our sector
  • Deliver high-quality services which are continually improving