WATCH – Could this smart helmet revolutionise BIM?

Credit: Daqri
Credit: Daqri

Is the above smart helmet about to change the face of Building Information Modelling implementation?

Daqri, the US-creators of the Daqri Smart Helmet certainly believe so, confident that their product has what it takes to a “significant” difference.

The piece of wearable technology comprises of a plethora of in-house innovations created by the Daqri team, plus an Intel M7 microchip and a RealSense camera, a combination that the team believe has the potential to “a shot to be the next industrial revolution”.

“An area that a lot of research is beginning to be conducted is incorporation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the helmet,” explained Daqri’s President, Andy Lowery. “With the inclusion of BIM modeling the user can get an advanced view of various “as designed” features prior to those features being installed.

“From that, one can quickly ascertain differences between “as designed” and “as built”, provide updates to those BIM models, evaluate potential equipment collision risks, visualize features to aid in placement of systems or ‘keep out’ areas (e.g. avoiding rebar while drilling concrete).”

Both in-house and independent studies have claimed that up to a 40% gain in productivity has been apparent when utilising wearable tech, whilst the firm have also announced that they are currently working alongside Topcon as part of a strategic partnership.

Watch a video explaining the benefits of the Daqri Smart Helmet below.

For more information on the product and its capabilities, read the source interview over at Archinect.

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