Shannon Novak, augmented reality artist in Auckland, New Zealand, is showing the sculpture he positioned in Central Park in New York. http://creativetechnologies.ac.nz/Golan/?p=58 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
We found a lovely Augview article on the Public Works Group Blog! Thank you so much for your support!
Augview, founded by Michael Bundock in 2012 in New Zealand, is the first commercial, mobile application I have seen offered to the public works industry allowing utilities to geospatially capture, store, and display underground utilities in 3D through the use of a tablet or other mobile device. The software, through the use of GIS, will show operators their water, sewer, or other underground lines superimposed in 3D upon the ground in a geospatially accurate position. Users can then query the lines as with any other online GIS and access data about that utility such as size, material, age, and any other type of stored data. Or if a locator finds a discrepancy in a line's location or if he finds a new line, he can enter it into the software and immediately verify the updated or new location is accurate.
One example I can think of where I could have used this type of device was when we found a patched area in a roadway on one of our projects. It was one of those typical failures you find where you can see someone repaired something, but there's still something going on because a small hole opens back up with a void underneath. A lot of times this is caused by a hole in a sewer which allows soil above the pipe to wash away into the line leaving a void under the pavement. I knew the city had a sewer running along the roadway near that area, and I noticed a water shut off box nearby in the parkway. Because in our area the sewer lines used to be run with the water lines, I suspected it could be a failure with the building sewer. The business owner came out to comment on it and mentioned there had been a problem there, but it was difficult for me to tell for sure from what she explained if it had been the city sewer or the building owner's line. If I had Augview, I would have seen how all these lines related and where they were located. This visualization would have offered a better prediction of exactly which line could possibly have a failure. Of course public works professionals already try to make this determination using paper maps, but if it was the building owner's line, it is much easier to explain the problem to them using a 3D representation of everything rather than expect them to read a utility atlas.
I would have also liked to have an application like Augview for management of our water network. Our crews could have used the application to document the valve position when they opened or closed it. Then we could have just driven by to see if we had opened them all back up after we repaired the break, or we could have noticed when a valve between our pressure zones accidently was opened.
It would also be useful to use Augview to look at non-utility data for something like visualizing roadway ratings in the field. Then each year when we went out to rate the roadways, perhaps Augview could color the roadway based on the rating we assigned the year before in our GIS. This would prevent us from juggling paper maps in the truck while we are trying to also view and assess the pavement.
Past articles on this site have also imagined one day a product like Augview could be used to assist contractors as they build by displaying not only the underground lines but actually superimposing the plan onto the site. And I don't think it will be long before this type of implementation is extended to allow us to display real time data too. I can see one day we will be able to look up at the water tower and actually see the level of water in it or be able to see an indication at our water or wastewater plants of the flows running in and out and through each process. It would also be interesting to be able to drive by our lift stations and see the whole area colored red or green rather than just see the little red/green run light. This is also another facility that could display flows, seal failures, water levels or any other type of data.
While at the present time Augview has primarily been implemented in New Zealand,Melanie Langlotz, business development manager, said she is "also looking for interested parties in the U.S. who can see the possibilities." So I believe it won't be long before we see Augview in use throughout the U.S. and other countries.
You can find out more about Augview by watching the video below or visiting their website or other social media sites:
A Kiwi company is developing an augmented reality app to help utility companies manage their infrastructure, but also sees big possibilities for outdoor games and creative agencies.
Augview was developed for gas, electricity and water companies and their subcontractors to view and manage the increasingly dense network of pipes and cables under roads. It's a mobile geographic information system (GIS) which also uses augmented reality so field workers can get a 3D-modelled view of infrastructure.
Workers can also take photos as they dig beneath streets, geotag them and link them to particular GPS coordinates.
The iOS, Android and Windows 8 app relies on a smartphone or tablet's GPS, accelerometer and magnetometer to locate people and their movement in physical environments. The data is sourced from what asset owners publish online.
Augview CEO Mike Bundock has worked in the GIS industry for more than 30 years as a software developer and consultant. Early last year, while running his consultancy Spatial Information Systems, he saw an opportunity to create a protoype of the app.
"It dawned on me one day that these guys out in the field are still using spraycans and measuring tapes," says Bundock. "I saw the same thing happening in Singapore. The guys that install and design and manage the teams that dig it all up, they don't have very good tools at all.
"With tablets and smartphones these days, the devices have really good computing capability, they have 3G or 4G communications and very good screens and cameras, and sensors and GPS to know where you are."
Bundock completed Growth Management's Business Dominoes course to validate and develop his idea, forming Augview as a company and transferring the IP he developed under Spatial Information Systems.
Augview has secured seed funding from private investors and employed three developers. The app, developed using the Unity augmented reality platform, is globally scalable, says Bundock. That's because outdated tools are a worldwide problem among utilities and telco workers and because the app can cater for the relatively small number of GIS products used worldwide to manage the companies' assets.
Augview is now exploring the possibilities of the platform for creating games and promotions for advertisers. That would mean making virtual universes in outdoor spaces, says business development manager Melanie Langlotz.
It's registered the Augview and Augvert trademarks as it develops these parts of the business. Interest has come from a company that wants to get people exercising with a game that sees people chasing virtual healthy food around a park.
The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park imagines an augmented reality-based park showcasing extinct birds, says Langlotz. Augview has already created a game that lets kids interact with virtual dinosaurs.
The app could also be used by architects to place models of houses on a side and use devices to virtually walk inside them, says Bundock.
The company charges $75 a month for Augview and so far has made sales in Australia and Malaysia. Some Kiwi utility companies are trialling it, Bundock says.
A New Zealand company, Augview Limited, has come up with a solution which allows engineers to “see” under-road utilities in the field, using devices such as smart phones and tablets.
The solution combines engineering data with a GIS.
A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a spatial analysis system. GIS can provide a 21st century way of working with questions of highway design and maintenance – although the concept of spatial analysis goes back to the 19th century (wikpedia).
Roads and streets are spatial objects in (at least) 3-dimensional space. More critically, the space which roads occupy also involves other physical objects – utility networks such as electricity cables, water mains etc. One of the complexities of work in a road or street corridor is the danger of disrupting or damaging one of these utilities.
It would be very helpful to field workers if they could look at the real world around them and at the same time “see” the utility networks hidden beneath the surface of the road. Certainly it would reduce the risks of digging up the wrong utility by mistake. Augview’s solution looks to be a good step in this direction. It can show the user both a representation of the spatial location of utilities as well as technical details of the utilities such as line type, manhole invert levels and so on. Augview has a new introductory demo video on Youtube (the following link was updated on 25.10.2013):
The company is also already looking into using meta space glasses technology as the world viewing tool (see the interview with company director Mike Bundock on Youtubehere).
On technical compatibility the product fact-sheet (download link) says:
Augview is OGC compliant which allows your business to leverage public data as well as providing flexibility in how to connect to corporate data. In addition to supporting the OGC services, Augview also supports Smallworld GSS native services and the Esri REST services.