Augmented reality comes to UCD Civil Engineering

 

Mr. Soroosh Jalilvand, a doctoral student in the School of Civil Engineering at UCD, with support provided by Prof. Debra Laefer, has brought high-tech visualisation into the teaching arena for geotechnics and surveying through the implementation of a soil/water augmented reality system. The Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox is the first of its kind in Irish universities. It is based on a concept first developed as part of a National Science Foundation funded project lead by W.M. Keck Center for Active Visualization in the Earth Sciences, KeckCAVES, at the UC Davis. The AR sandbox is a scientific educational tool that was primarily developed at UCD to help 2nd-year Civil Engineering students enrolled in the Construction Practice module to obtain a first-hand experience with concepts such as topography and contouring. The AR Sandbox has since attracted attention among UCD researchers and educators in Landscape Architecture and Hydrology, as well as, geosciences.