Hololens at Softability – Construction application for Skanska

Inspecting a residential building project with Microsoft Hololens. Lucas Cosson | 2016/11/07

Lately, we approached the global Scandinavian construction company Skanska and delivered a building architecture application. The idea was to offer a new way to showcase a building project by adding a new level of visualization.

In a previous blog post, I described the use of Hololens for assembly work and maintenance. Softability Studio decided to start with this focus due to our close relationship with our customers from that sector. Though another industry, construction and real estate, quickly showed interest.

As this represents quite a lot of work, we are looking for new talents to join our team. So if you have skills in Unity or C#, if you have an eye for details or some UI/UX know-how for new technologies, feel free to apply at this link.

Hololens for Skanska

While meeting with a large project management company, they expressed their concern about design being a 2D process. It starts on paper with drawings and it is later ported onto a CAD model. Though you are looking at a 3D model, this is still a 2D rendering on screen.

The purpose of introducing Hololens is to offer a pure 3D experience. Lately, we approached the global Scandinavian construction company Skanska and delivered a building architecture application. The idea is to offer a new way to showcase a building project by adding a new level of visualization. The user is able to navigate between the different levels of the building project (building, floor, unit) while also getting information about the project or a selected apartment (price, dimensions etc.). The user can isolate units so that only the available apartments are shown. Version 1.0 was delivered mid-November and has been developed using the Unity engine.

What’s next?

Roadmap contains four versions to be released within the first half of 2017. In version 2.0, multiple users can see the same application at the same state. Similarly to an online multiplayer game, all users are able to affect and see the state of the application in real-time.

Multiple users sharing session.
Multiple users sharing session.

Version 3.0 will add IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) and BIM integration. The model can be affected within the application and the modified data is sent to storage. The CAD modeler can then update the project’s 3D model. This addition will require the integration of different input systems, such as keyboard and mouse within Hololens. Updated model is then turned into an AssetBundle for easy transfer over the network.

Version 4.0 will focus on implementing multi-platform integration. Using Hololens is nice but it should be possible to use any device to create a larger framework. Already with version 3.0, the project is run on Hololens and the modified information is added to the remote project to be used on laptop. The target of that update is to enable a multi-platform session. One user is running Hololens while another is running for example a Microsoft Surface device. The tablet user can draw on the model and share the modifications with the Hololens user. This is meant to simplify actions that can be inaccurate when performed with Hololens.

In addition, extremely large 3D models are fairly commonly used in the construction industry and Hololens may introduce some lag in rendering bigger scenarios. To prevent this limitation, we are investigating cloud processing to render extremely large models with high framerates.

About Softability

We develop new technology applications for medical and industrial device manufacturers (assembly work and/or maintenance) and construction businesses among others. Range of development expands from mobile platforms (Android, iOS, UWP) to backend support (Azure, AWS), providing Augmented Reality, QR technology, Gear VR, Hololens and Vuzix applications.

For inquiries, please contact our Sales Manager mikko.luukkonen(a)softability.fi.

Softability Studio is a subdivision of Softability Group Oy.

Inspecting a unit with Hololens and tablet control
Inspecting a unit with Hololens and tablet control.



You might be interested:

Team Robotics seminar at Softability 12.9.

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/09/02

Softability hosts the next Team Robotics Breakfast Seminar on September 12th at Martintalo, Vantaa. Come and hear more about VIESTI remote support solution, the potential of augmented reality and network with the members of Team Robotics. Warmly welcome!

Read post

Juha Asunmaa is the new Business Unit Executive of XR Studio

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/07/04

At 2016 Softability expanded its business to X-Reality technologies, and during the past couple of years the XR customer projects and the interest towards our own developed VIESTI remote support solution has been keeping XR Studio very busy. As the business has grown, Softability decided to hire a Business Unit Executive for XR Studio. Welcome to the team Juha Asunmaa!

Read post

HoloLens application created for Perho was developed closer to a daily education use

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/06/18

In the beginning of the year Softability created virtual learning environment with HoloLens application for Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College. The application guides and instructs user to complete different work stages. As a further development Softability created web based content editing tool for the HoloLens application, so Perho can change and add content into the application by themselves.

Read post

AI technologies enable analysing video data from VIESTI remote support solution to improve work safety

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/05/14

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a relevant part of technology industry today! The AI Tomorrow 2019 event in May focuses on presenting business opportunities with AI through real life case examples and Softability will be attending as one of the partners. See you there!

Read post

Learnings from the VRX Europe 2019

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/04/29

Softability´s Mikael Bowellan participated in the VRX Europe 2019 in Amsterdam where current situation and future of VR, AR and MR industries were exposed. In this article we are presenting what we learned from the conference and where the industry is going.

Read post

Softability Group Oy will be changed on 05/01/2019 to Softability Oy

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/04/26

Our business name Softability Group Oy will be changed on 05/01/2019 to Softability Oy.

Read post

X-Reality is a growing part of business

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/04/18

X-Reality technologies belong to the top ten most important technology trends during the next five years. Softability´s Mikko Luukkonen presented in the “Technological breakthrough and possibilities for schools and companies” event why companies should invest X-Reality technologies already now.

Read post

Hobbyism is important in software development – Softability supports its employees´ hobby activities

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/04/12

Softability supports its employees´ constant learning and one of the important supporting sectors is the employees´ hobby activities. This year Softability is supporting ComBounD Hackathon, organized in ComBounD lan event, where a couple of Softability employees are members of the team. The event is held in Salo IoT Campus on April 19th-21st!

Read post

Softability is participating in the IoT Nordic Week on 9.-10. April

Nora Nirhamo | 2019/04/05

Internet of Things 2019 conference takes over Kattilahalli in Sörnäinen during 9th and 10th of April 2019! Softability is participating as a one of the partners showcasing X-Reality solutions. If you are interested in how to take advantage of AR, MR or VR in your business, then come and check out our X-Reality demos! Our stand is located in Kattilahalli Main Lounge. See you there!

Read post