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Transforming Vision into (Augmented) Reality with Helm BIM

Embracing Innovations in Construction Technology 

In the dynamic landscape of the construction industry, embracing technological innovations is not just a choice but a necessity. Among the groundbreaking advancements shaping the future of construction, augmented reality (AR) emerges as a game-changer. As we explore the profound impact of AR in construction, with a special focus on the Microsoft HoloLens and the innovative approach taken by our company, Helm BIM, in using 3D scanning to directly visualize projects.

Last month, Helm BIM demonstrated the application of Microsoft HoloLens during the Builders Institute America (BIA) Hard Hat Innovation Tour event held at the flagship project “Broad & Washington” by Post Brothers Development in Philadelphia. The Helm leadership team conducted live demonstrations, showcasing the real-time clash detection capabilities across various trades, including Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing, using the projected 3D models

AI Generated Image illustrating the future applications of Hololens

Unveiling the Digital Frontier with the Microsoft HoloLens

Augmented reality has transcended the realm of science fiction to become a tangible asset for the construction sector. HoloLens enables stakeholders to overlay digital information onto the physical world, offering an unparalleled level of immersion and interaction. This transformative technology is revolutionizing the construction process, unlocking a new era of efficiency, precision, and collaboration.

Visualization: An Advantage for Stakeholders

One of the primary benefits of augmented reality in construction is its ability to enhance visualization for various stakeholders. From architects and engineers to contractors and clients, AR provides a shared platform for understanding complex designs. The Microsoft HoloLens allows these stakeholders to directly visualize architectural models, blueprints, and 3D renderings in a way that was once unimaginable. This shared visual experience fosters better communication, reduces errors, and ensures a unified understanding of project requirements.

Helm BIM’s Innovative Approach: 3D Scanning for Direct Visualization

At Helm BIM, we recognize the transformative power of AR and have taken it a step further by incorporating 3D scanning into our workflows. 3D scanning allows us to capture precise, detailed representations of physical spaces and structures, creating a digital twin that serves as the foundation for augmented reality experiences. This approach eliminates the gap between the digital and physical worlds, allowing stakeholders to directly visualize and interact with a project in its real-world context.


Aaron Bronshtein of Helm BIM showcasing at Building Institute of America (BIA) Hard Hat Innovation Tour at Post Brother's Broad & Washington Development in Philadelphia

On-Site Advantages: Efficiency and Accuracy

The integration of 3D scanning and augmented reality directly benefits on-site construction activities. With the Microsoft HoloLens, on-site workers equipped with our 3D-scanned data can visualize construction elements in real-time, ensuring that installations align seamlessly with the digital models. This not only enhances precision but also streamlines the construction process, reducing rework and minimizing the risk of errors. The result is improved efficiency and a more cost-effective approach to project delivery.


Client Engagement: Bringing Designs to Life

For clients, understanding complex construction designs can be challenging. However, augmented reality, powered by 3D scanning, enables HELM BIM to bring designs to life. Clients can immerse themselves in a realistic visualization of the final product, gaining a deeper understanding of the project’s scope and scale. This enhanced client engagement fosters trust, satisfaction, and a stronger collaborative partnership throughout the construction journey.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Construction

As the construction industry continues to evolve, embracing augmented reality and innovative technologies is no longer a luxury but a strategic imperative. HELM BIM’s commitment to harnessing the power of the Microsoft HoloLens and 3D scanning demonstrates our dedication to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in construction visualization. The future is bright, and as pioneers in the field, we are excited to lead the way into a new era of construction where vision seamlessly transforms into reality

Bill Zandi of Helm BIM at the BIA Hard Hat Innovation Tour in Philadelphia PA