Present your Projects in their Urban Context: Augmented Reality and Virtual City Models (1 LU)
Devin Lewis of SCB and Michael Hoppe of Geopogo will walk participants through newly developed tools to automatically place building designs within their accurate urban context. These tools replace physical models and physical mockups with more profitable low-cost virtual models which can be billed to clients.
The event will start in the AIAEB office with instruction on how to use a desktop tool to place BIM models into Virtual City Models, including Oakland, Berkeley, and SF. Using the desktop tool, designers and planners can freely navigate around and into their BIM model within its accurate urban context, capturing videos and still renderings from any vantage point, including looking out the windows of the BIM model. Virtual City Models can be used to accurately project shadows, clearly present urban data in a visual form, and promote, pre-lease, and pre-sell property, among many other applications.
The event will progress to the nearby construction site for the new Grosvenor-developed, SCB-designed tower at the corner of Shattuck and Berkeley Way. On site, participants will experience how full-size BIM models can be placed directly on the project site, within their urban context. Users can capture videos and still images directly within the viewing device, either a set of glasses, an iPhone, or an iPad. The co-presenters will have Magic Leap’s new best-in-class ML2 glasses for participants to use, and participants are invited to bring their own iPhones and iPads.
These tools can revolutionize the clear presentation of proposed designs to the project team, to regulatory officials such as city planners, and to the public when appropriate as with the proposed BART transit villages at the Ashby and North Berkeley stations.
About Our Presenters
Devin Lewis, AIA, is an Architect at SCB in San Francisco, managing the delivery of the Grosvenor-developed high-rise in downtown Berkeley. Devin is personable and diplomatic when working with diverse constituencies and inspires participation from stakeholders. He is experienced in Master Planning, Urban & Suburban Design, Architectural Design, Schematic Design, Entitlements, Planning Department & Building Department approvals, permitting, Design Development, engineering coordination, BIM (Building Information Modeling), Construction Documentation, Bidding/Negotiation, and Construction Administration. He is an effective communicator who thinks strategically and methodically. Devin was recently selected to present on Digital Project Delivery at the A’23 AIA Conference in San Francisco.
Michael Hoppe, Creative Director at Geopogo, is an award-winning, patented inventor of 3D visualization technology. He has completed AR and Virtual City Models throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Building on his architectural education and field experience, Michael has grown into a pioneer in holograms, AR, VR, computer graphics, and Virtual City Models. He is now developing Virtual City Models of global cities such as London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Seattle, Vancouver, Denver, Philadelphia, and Detroit, supported by a MegaGrant from Epic Games. Michael focuses on developing tools for designers and planners to improve the design quality and functionality of our buildings and cities. He lives in Oakland and works in Berkeley.