Attendees at the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas test drive the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset loaded with building data from Trimble SketchUp and transmitted to the headset via Trimble Connect CONTRACTOR photo

Attendees at the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas test drive the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset loaded with building data from Trimble SketchUp and transmitted to the headset via Trimble Connect.

The world is 3D so build that way

Trimble intends to make BIM, Building Information Modeling, into "construction-ready BIM." The HoloLens allows you to walk through a mechanical room and, in what's sure to be a new experience, you can walk through the equipment yourself like a ghost. A project manager can use the technology on a job site.

LAS VEGAS — Sooner than you think, you’ll stop building three-dimensional buildings from 2D drawings. There are still some intermediate steps between the design and constructible drawings, interface between the office and the field, but those gaps are closing. That was made obvious with the stunning introduction here of 3D mixed reality with building designs from Trimble SketchUp paired with augmented reality glasses Microsoft HoloLens. The technology is available now and it&rsquo

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