Thesis subject

MSc thesis topic: Immersive Technologies for Geo-Spatial Planning

AR/VR is ideal for communication, collaboration and facilitates a better understanding of environments in finer detail. This is particularly useful within the geo-spatial planning domain, where engineers already use digital tools like geographic information systems to design and map urban environments. However, AR/VR has the potential to further improve existing geo-spatial planning approaches. It is an ideal solution for displaying spatial data and solving problems that involve spatial factors in a collaborative/communicative manner. Additionally, the integration between AR/VR and GIS provides a way to further analyse results for quantification purposes as well as potential input datasets for AR/VR applications.

AR/VR technologies have become more affordable and mainstream. It is possible to develop both AR/VR applications, which function smoothly, on modern-day smart phones. App construction has also been simplified by technologies such as AR.js, Vuforia and Unity XR, often meaning the level of code needed to create functioning applications is greatly reduced. The integration between, GIS and VR/AR has evolved, however there are still some challenges when integrating geodata/ GIS platforms with these systems and vice versa.

Relevance

Geo-data visualization through immersive technologies. This thesis topic is a collaboration with the Information Technology group (INF) whose expertise/guidance on VR/AR deployment though game engines is required for this project.

Objectives

  • To review state of the art AR/VR technologies suitable for deployment within the GIS domain for land-use planners.
  • To investigate case studies on the impact AR/VR has for improving communication, planning, participation, project management and policy-making.
  • To develop a framework for AR/VR integration into existing GIS platforms.
  • To develop a prototype AR/VR application as a demonstration of the technology and assess its potential for use in space planning.

Literature

  • Fenais, A.; Ariaratnam, S.T.; Ayer, S.K.; Smilovsky, N. Integrating Geographic Information Systems and Augmented Reality for Mapping Underground Utilities. Infrastructures 2019, 4, 60. https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures4040060
  • Chmielewski, M.; Sapiejewski, K.; Sobolewski, M. Application of Augmented Reality, Mobile Devices, and Sensors for a Combat Entity Quantitative Assessment Supporting Decisions and Situational Awareness Development. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4577. https://doi.org/10.3390/app9214577
  • A. Devaux, C. Hoarau, M. BreĢdif, S. Christophe. 3D Urban geovisualization: in situ augmented and mixed reality experiments. Isprs annals of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. 2018,4,41-48. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-IV-4-41-2018

Theme(s): Modelling & visualisation