The physical and digital worlds are increasingly merging as a result of advancing technologization, opening up new promising issues and fields of application that require thoughtful and meaningful development. Augmented Reality as an immersive visualization technology offers great potential to develop as a promising method extension, especially in participatory community and urban planning.
In this ITC project, two central fields of planning processes in combination with Augmented Reality are investigated in collaboration with the implementation partners Metron AG and Nomoko AG: 1) visualization forms and 2) digital twins.
The project is divided into three subprojects:
1) AR visualization forms – Metron AG
This subproject, supported by Innosuisse third-party funding, investigates the potential of AR as a design and planning visualization and design tool in a first practice-oriented step. Using Metron's planning practice and a selected case study as examples, it will be examined at which project time which AR visualization forms make the most sense for which target audience.
2) Augmented Reality & Digital Twins – Nomoko AG
With this subproject, supported by Innosuisse third-party funds, the potential of AR combined with Nomoko's Digital Twins for a better participatory planning process in urban & community development is tested. This is done exemplarily on a practical example in Unterägeri, Zug. Likewise, it will be evaluated if and how this spatial planning and integrated methodology - AR linked with Digital Twins - can be used meaningfully for cantons & municipalities in the future.
3) AR visualization forms combined with digital twins
Based on subprojects 1 & 2, the interfaces and possible synergies are continuously and iteratively aligned and evaluated. The findings and prototypical AR applications from the particular case studies will be discussed and reflected upon together with the project partners within the framework of agile process support on the part of HSLU.
All the insights gathered will serve as preparation for the targeted submission of one or two applications with extended questions to Innosuisse.