Handheld Augmented Reality for Underground Infrastructure Visualization
|Authors||Schall Gerhard, Mendez Erick, Kruijff Ernst, Veas Eduardo, Sebastian Junghanns, Reitinger Bernhard, Schmalstieg Dieter|
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Special Issue on Mobile Spatial Interaction
In this paper we present an Augmented Reality (AR) system for aiding field workers of utility companies in outdoor tasks such as maintenance, planning or surveying of underground infrastructure. Our work addresses these issues using spatial interaction and visualization techniques for mobile AR applications as well as a new mobile device design. We also present results from evaluations of the prototype application for underground infrastructure spanning various user groups. Our application has been driven by feedback from industrial collaborators in the utility sector, and includes a translation tool for automatically importing data from utility company databases of underground assets.