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Evaluation of Mixed Reality Support for Bridge Inspectors Using BIM Data - Digital Prototype for a Manual Task with a Long-Lasting Tradition

dc.contributor.authorRiedlinger, Urs
dc.contributor.authorKlein, Florian
dc.contributor.authorHill, Marcos
dc.contributor.authorLambracht, Christian
dc.contributor.authorNieborowski, Sonja
dc.contributor.authorHolst, Ralph
dc.contributor.authorBahlau, Sascha
dc.contributor.authorOppermann, Leif
dc.description.abstractBridge inspectors work for the safety of our infrastructure and mobility. In regular intervals, they conduct structural inspections – a manual task with a long-lasting and firmly normed analogue tradition. In our collaborative research project, we developed Mixed Reality (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) prototypes to support that work digitally. We propose a mixed analogue and digital workflow using Building Information Modeling (BIM) data that can be ready-to-hand for bridge inspectors during their work on-site at a bridge. In this paper, we describe the system and the evaluation results of our final MR demonstrator at a autobahn-bridge in Germany. We identified a need for a digital MR tool to support the bridge inspection in-situ. In general, this matches with the trend to bring the computer-supported office-work out into the real world. However, there are also challenges to consider, like lacking BIM data for existing bridges and structures, appropriate user-interfaces in this new application domain, or the need to adopt norms and guidelines for public tender. We argue to consider a user-centered design approach for future developments to best profit from the bridge inspectors’, as well as the MR- and CSCW-researchers expertise, and ultimately increase the acceptance of the developed information systems.en
dc.publisherDe Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartofi-com: Vol. 21, No. 2
dc.subjectMixed Realty
dc.subjectBuilding Information Modeling
dc.subjectBridge Inspection
dc.titleEvaluation of Mixed Reality Support for Bridge Inspectors Using BIM Data - Digital Prototype for a Manual Task with a Long-Lasting Traditionen
dc.typeText/Journal Article
gi.conference.sessiontitleResearch Article