Trimble is collaborating with Microsoft to bring the latter’s HoloLens wearable holographic technology to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) Industry.

Under the partnership, Trimble will develop a new generation of tools, integrated with the HoloLens holographic platform on Windows 10 to improve quality and collaboration in the design, construction and operation of buildings and structures.

The head-mounted, holographic computer Microsoft HoloLens provides a mixed-reality experience for various commercial and consumer applications.

AEC professionals use the HoloLens device as it extends interaction with 3D models and enables the stakeholders of complex, multi-phase construction projects to visualise, collaborate, share ideas and manage change.

"The head-mounted, holographic computer Microsoft HoloLens provides a mixed-reality experience for various commercial and consumer applications."

Trimble Construction Technology Divisions vice-president Bryn Fosburgh said: "Trimble has a mission to deliver solutions that transform the user experience and work processes in many industries.

"We believe that HoloLens is a game-changer for design and construction teams by facilitating improved communication, and enhanced transparency."

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Microsoft devices and studios corporate vice-president Yusuf Mehdi said: "Microsoft HoloLens is a revolutionary tool for people and businesses enabling professionals in industries like design and construction to do more and achieve more."

Initially, Trimble will integrate HoloLens with Trimble Connect; SketchUp, the 3D modelling platform; and Trimble V10 Imaging Rover, an integrated camera system.

Trimble demonstrated a proof of concept at Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference in San Francisco, during which it highlighted the way the integration of HoloLens with Trimble’s SketchUp 3D modelling software and the Trimble Connect collaboration platform could improve design and construction processes.

It was also illustrated that Trimble Connect with HoloLens holographic technology enables remote teams to review and collaborate effectively.

Image: Microsoft HoloLens provides a mixed-reality experience for commercial and consumer applications. Photo: courtesy of Microsoft.