Video: NXT BLD London conference – Martin McDonnel, Soluis / Sublime

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VR, MR, real time viz and the Augmented Worker – NXT BLD London, June 2017


Martin introduces the three ‘Rs’ — Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality — and how these technologies and others are driving a number of projects at Soluis and Soluis subsidiary, Sublime. Two projects that stand out in this compelling talk are a design viz project for Radisson RED that used Unreal Engine to instantly render images and movies, whilst making edits in real time, and the Augmented Worker, a project that explores the tools needed for effective use of AR on the construction site for digital job guidance, on site visualisation and more.

View the other NXT BLD presentations

■ Tom Greaves, DotProduct

Reality modelling with phones and tablets

■ Tim Geurtjens, MX3D

To print a steel bridge in Amsterdam


■ Faraz Ravi, Bentley Systems

Virtualised environments in infrastructure

■ Mike Leach, Lenovo

Enhancing performance through the workflow

■ Dan Harper, Cityscape

Virtual Reality (VR) beyond the hype

Paul Nichols, Skanska

Skanska’s virtual journey

■ Rob Charlton, Space Group

The positive impact of accelerating technologies

Arthur Mamou-Mani, Mamou-Mani

Constructing (and deconstructing) buildings with cable robots

■ Philippe Paré and Akshay Sethi, Gensler

Seeing is believing: using game-changing tools to discover the soul of design

■ Johan Hanegraaf, Mecanoo Architecten

Communicating the certainty of conceptual ideas through immersive means



NXT BLD is organised by AEC Magazine and brings next generation architecture, engineering and construction technologies to life in an exclusive conference and exhibition. These emerging technologies facilitate new ways of designing, enhancing the use of 3D models, applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and offering new possibilities in digital fabrication and construction.

NXT BLD London took place on 28 June at The British Museum, London in association with Lenovo. The conference covered innovations in Virtual and Augmented Reality, design visualisation, digital fabrication and AI.


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