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CONVR2012 - Pre-conference Workshop

Pre-conference Workshop

Workshop of Augmented Reality for

Architecture, Engineering and Construction

-Work in a smarter manner


Workshop Coordinator:

Xiangyu Wang, Professor and Co-director, Australasian Joint Research Centre for Building Information Modelling, Curtin University

Workshop Assistant:

Mr. Lei Hou, Ph.D. Candidate, Curtin University

Mr. Wei-Han Hung, Ph.D., Dept of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University

Workshop Description

This AR workshop features lectures and technical workshop linked to CONVR conference topics. It offers an overview of basic and advanced topics in theories, technologies, systems, tools, evaluations, applications, work in progress and experiences on theoretical and practical advancement in Augmented Reality in AEC. The workshop will run for 5 days. The program structure reinforces the links with the CONVR Conference, where participants will be engaged for 5 days. The first 3 days are dedicated to specific lectures and hands-on workshop for AR. The following two days will be dedicated to the CONVR conference presentations. At the end, all the activities are consolidated to produce a final team project. It will help the participants integrating multiple domains and solve an issue in AEC. All along the 5-day AR workshop, the students are brought together in multidisciplinary teams coached by a workshop coordinator in order to raise an AEC issue and to solve it with AR according to a multidisciplinary approach. Finally, at the end of the 5-day AR workshop, the students of the BEST project will be presented an award and have the opportunity to present their solution to the CONVR conference audiences.

The objective of this AR workshop is to design the framework architecture of an Augmented Reality prototype/solution to facilitate the activities or tasks in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), and to understand and analyse the technologic, human factors principles, and life cycle of implementation that must be considered in the design and realization of Augmented Reality interfaces for end users in AEC.

Contents covered include:

  • Framework of Integrated AR system.
  • Integration and synchronization with other data sources such as Building Information Modelling (BIM), Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) and sensor network.
  • Algorithms of tracking and sensing in AR
  • Ergonomic Cognitive sciences: User and task modelling
  • Technology and design of the AR interfaces
  • Implementation and evaluation of AR systems.

Your goal will be to identify and articulate an open problem in AEC arenas as a group, and then conceptually develop and then prototype a sound Augmented Reality solution. For most groups, this will involve formulating a new conceptual framework (mechanisms and strategies) for developing a sound AR system for a problem, and develop the evaluation strategies for the proposed AR system.

The suggested approach is as follows:

  • Choose a specific target application area in AEC: examples include, but not limited to: construction site project control, constructability review, construction site guidance, construction training, etc., architecture and engineering design, urban planning, design collaboration, team communication,
  • Identify issues/problems in this area that could be tackled by AR technology and justify it
  • Conceptualize and prototype an AR system for this issue with assumed scenario (data, users, tasks, conditions, etc.) in the aspect of:
    • System architecture
    • Data structure
    • Hardware (display, input device, computing device, tracking device, etc.)
    • Software development (media representation, platform, toolkit, etc.)
    • Interfaces, interaction, and functionalities formulation
    • Integration
    • Describe its application scenarios
    • Etc.


    Day 1 (29th Oct.) Day 2 (30th Oct.) Day 3 (31st Oct.) Day 4 (1st Nov.) Day 5 (2nd Nov.)
    AM Workshop Introduction Human-computer interaction, Human factors, creativity, prototyping techniques Project team workshop (prototyping) CONVR 2012 CONVR 2012
    Augmented Reality concepts, methods and applications Project team workshop (developing concept) Critique session CONVR 2012 CONVR 2012
    PM Tutorial for desktop  Augmented Reality toolkits Project team workshop (developing concept) Project team workshop (concept and prototyping) CONVR 2012 CONVR 2012
    Tutorial for Mobile Augmented Reality Toolkit Project team workshop (prototyping) Presentation and Evaluation CONVR 2012 Best Project Presentation and Award

29th October
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome – Introduction of AR Workshop
09:30 – 10:00 Form the teams (4 persons per team) and warm up
10:00 – 10:30 Augmented Reality Concept
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 AR methods and applications in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Tutorial 1 for Desktop Augmented Reality toolkits
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 17:00 Tutorial for Mobile Augmented Reality Toolkit

30th October
09:00 – 10:30 Human-computer interaction, Human factors, creativity, prototyping techniques
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Project team workshop (developing concept)
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Project team workshop (developing concept)
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 17:45 Project team workshop (prototyping)

31st October
09:00 - 11:00 Project team workshop (prototyping)
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Critique session
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Project team workshop (concept and prototyping)
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 - 17:45 Presentation and Evaluation


The workshop is evaluated according to the standard from the mark A+ (Excellent) to E (Fail). The evaluation criteria of oral and written assessment are attached as below tables.

Oral Presentation 50%
Written Report 50%

In order to pass the course, the participants should participate in the oral presentation of their team. They also has to send the written report to the workshop coordinator via email (

The written report should be written either in English or Chinese. In 5-7 pages (2000 words excluding figures and tables) it must contain:

a.  the problem/issue raised by the team encountered in AEC,
b.  the solutions brought by the team to solve the problem according to technologic and design points of view,
c.  a review on the solutions proposed by the team,
d.  a review of the problem and solutions presented by the other teams (select 1)
e.  bibliography.