Soon after the successful launch of PokEmon GO, Royal HaskoningDHV started exploring the applicability of Augmented Reality in engineering consultancy. Early 2017 we presented our first HoloLens Showcase of Heerlen Railway Station in the Netherlands. Initially intended as a new way to present our deliverables to customers, our showcase drew curiosity from a much wider audience: ranging from residents living nearby the railway station to customers new to our business. HoloLens Experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCSd1eLvxrU Virtual Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQjUW24Qz0I&t=16s Further inspired by the gaming industry, we identified various promising and valuable AR applications for the AEC industry. This led to a development agenda to allow for more integrated design and engineering as well as virtually-guided construction and maintenance. Moreover, we believe that AR will allow us to fully engage both clients and users in a truly co-creative design process. In short, interactive design and engineering with Augmented Reality. Together with various launching customers and in partnership with Cadac Group, we are now developing a suite of applications to allow both engineering consultants and relevant stakeholders to truly interact with holograms including shared view solutions to work from different locations, holographic libraries to select objects and solutions from, and synchronisation solutions to push designs back to Revit. These and similar developments and closely tied to the emergence of Digital Twins for the Built Environment in which Royal HaskoningDHV is seeking to take a leading role. At Royal HaskoningDHV, we believe Augmented Reality will disrupt the AEC industry and will play a pivotal role in realising Digital Twins. We are eagerly looking forward to share our AR development endeavour and deliverables at Autodesk University to a broad audience.
Hermen Jan Van Ree
Hermen Jan van Ree is an entrepreneurial and resourceful yet pragmatic consultant with broad international experience in engineering consultancy and information services as well as cross-border research and European policy setting. Peers would describe him as visionary and ingenious as well as ambitious and driven. Throughout his career he has worked with major clients in various regions and has been recognised with several awards and nominations. He has an Executive MBA from IE Business School, a PhD in Marketing from University College London, and an MSc from Delft University of Technology. Moreover, he is a regular speaker at international conferences, an active writer for various media, and a guest lecturer at various institutions. Currently, Hermen Jan is global innovation leader at Royal HaskoningDHV, a leading engineering consultancy pursuing ambitious growth from new business whilst being on a mission to enhance society together.