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Explore vGIS Use Cases Real-life applications of high-accuracy augmented reality (AR).

vGIS transforms traditional complex BIM engineering designs, vector GIS data, and reality-capture information into clear augmented reality displays and holograms that are overlaid on your view of a physical job site.

vGIS creates an instant view of how a design affects the job site, helping you to prevent errors that cause project delays and expensive cost overruns.

Scroll to learn how vGIS clients use high-accuracy augmented reality in the following industries and organizations:

  • Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)
  • Municipal utilities
  • Service providers
  • Federal agencies
  • Utilities
  • Other

Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)

AEC firms use vGIS to help engineers, field supervisors, field workers, project managers, and others to gain clarity and direction in their work.

Projects with infrastructure

With vGIS, you can keep field workers from different companies, utilities, and subcontractors all on the same page. vGIS enables everyone involved in an infrastructure project to be fully aware of all underground structures, preventing errors, delays, and cost overruns.

Infrastructure view in vGIS (expand to view full-size)

Clash detection

Help your teams to quickly understand design clashes and find hidden errors by providing them with an AR view of prospective BIM designs, GIS data, and site information. Your workers are more likely to find clashes, thereby preventing errors and cost overruns, when they can view designs from all angles in the context of the natural environment.

Design reviews

Engineers, decision makers, and others can conduct more productive design reviews by transforming two-dimensional blueprint discussions into immersive 3D augmented-reality walkthroughs. When they see the impact of design choices, design teams make more informed design decisions and make them faster, and they catch potential design flaws before they occur.

Customer on-site reviews

Easily demonstrate progress by allowing customers to compare on-site construction to an augmented-reality view of the design, showing how the project is expected to look when finished.

Field-office collaboration

To coordinate project design and implementation, share augmented-reality visualizations of project designs and how they interact with the construction site. Instead of relying on manual measurements that are checked against physical blueprints, use 3D data to make comparisons.

Field-office collaboration example (expand to view full-size)

Capture and review work in progress

Comprehensively and accurately document work in progress by simply scanning the site with your phone's camera or built-in LiDAR. Superimposing the scans on the physical world enables you to review buried infrastructure with centimeter-level accuracy.

Municipal Utilities

Utility locates

By using real-time, high-accuracy augmented reality to display underground utility infrastructure on top of a physical job site, vGIS helps you locate underground assets quickly and avoid mistakes. Use standard mobile devices or cutting-edge holographic displays like HoloLens.

Maintenance work

Make it easier for field workers to locate underground assets and above-ground access points and shut-off valves. Minimize excavation errors and accidental strikes.

Data collection

Collect GIS data from within the AR app or use built-in reporting features to quickly flag line-location data for correction. Improve the accuracy and value of your GIS data at virtually no additional cost.

Emergency response

When dealing with accidents, floods, water main breaks, and other critical incidents, work faster to identify underground infrastructure that must be avoided or shut off prior to any emergency digging.

Taking measurements

In conjunction with high-accuracy augmented reality on any mobile device or industry-standard GNSS/RTK device, vGIS can help field service teams take more accurate field measurements, which in turn helps project managers and site managers to make faster and more-informed decisions about construction projects.

Field-office collaboration

To coordinate project design and implementation, share augmented-reality visualizations of project designs and how they interact with the construction site. Instead of relying on manual measurements that are checked against physical blueprints, use 3D data to make comparisons.

Service Providers

Utility locates

By using real-time, high-accuracy augmented reality to display underground utility infrastructure on top of a physical job site, vGIS helps you locate underground assets quickly and avoid mistakes. Use standard mobile devices or cutting-edge holographic displays like HoloLens.

Data collection

Collect GIS data from within the AR app or use built-in reporting features to quickly flag line-location data for correction. Improve the accuracy and value of your GIS data at virtually no additional cost.

Visualizing client data

Offer vGIS as part of the final deliverable package so that your client may obtain highly accurate views of current and proposed infrastructure on site. Being able to see the infrastructure and the effects of design choices means that your client can make more-informed decisions and make them faster—and stop problems before they start.

On-site reviews by customers

Easily demonstrate progress by allowing customers to compare on-site construction to an augmented-reality view of the design, showing how the project is expected to look when finished.

Data Collection

Collect GIS information more quickly and accurately with data collection tools supported by augmented reality.

Instant visual feedback

Receive instant visual feedback to catch flaws in the data and ensure its accuracy.

Federal Agencies

Site management

Deploy advanced AR tools to manage bases, facilities, and special sites by using highly secure and FedRAMP–compliant Microsoft Azure Government infrastructure.

Utility locates

By using real-time, high-accuracy augmented reality to display underground utility infrastructure on top of a physical job site, vGIS helps you locate underground assets quickly and avoid mistakes. Use standard mobile devices or cutting-edge holographic displays like HoloLens.

Maintenance work

Make it easier for field workers to locate underground assets and above-ground access points and shut-off valves. Minimize excavation errors and accidental strikes.

Data collection

Collect GIS data from within the AR app or use built-in reporting features to quickly flag line-location data for correction. Improve the accuracy and value of your GIS data at virtually no additional cost.

Utilities

Utility locates

By using real-time, high-accuracy augmented reality to display underground utility infrastructure on top of a physical job site, vGIS helps you locate underground assets quickly and avoid mistakes. Use standard mobile devices or cutting-edge holographic displays like HoloLens.

Maintenance work

Make it easier for field workers to locate underground assets and above-ground access points and shut-off valves. Minimize excavation errors and accidental strikes.

Data collection

Collect GIS data from within the AR app or use built-in reporting features to quickly flag line-location data for correction. Improve the accuracy and value of your GIS data at virtually no additional cost.

Emergency response

When dealing with accidents, floods, water main breaks, and other critical incidents, work faster to identify underground infrastructure that must be avoided or shut off prior to any emergency digging.

Field-office collaboration

To coordinate project design and implementation, share augmented-reality visualizations of project designs and how they interact with the construction site. Instead of relying on manual measurements that are checked against physical blueprints, use 3D data to make comparisons.

Design and Planning

Design reviews

Engineers, decision makers, and others can conduct more productive design reviews by transforming two-dimensional blueprint discussions into immersive 3D augmented-reality walkthroughs. When they see the impact of design choices, design teams make more informed design decisions and make them faster, and they catch potential design flaws before they occur.

On-site reviews by customers

Easily demonstrate progress by allowing customers to compare on-site construction to an augmented-reality view of the design, showing how the project is expected to look when finished.

Bird's-eye reviews with HoloLens

Use life-like interactive holograms to get a bird’s eye view of proposed structures in their future environments.

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