Our CITC11 conference papers were published in a Springer collection


If you have read Alex’s post of 13th Oct 2020 (One of our favourite conferences came to the UK) and Simon’s post of 20 Oct 2020 (How to Survive your 1st Conference…), you are already familiar with CITC (Construction In the Twenty-first Century) conferences* and to some extent with MAVRiC’s commitment to contribute to the learned society in XR (AR/VR/MR).

We received press release from the CITC Organizing Committee and our friend Dr Syed M. Ahmed, the CITC Conference Chair, whose second-to-none leadership has made CITC as strong as it is today. We thought we would share this news with you. It was with absolute delight that we found out our two papers in the last CITC Conference in 2019, CITC11, held in RICS Parliament Square in London has now been published in a Springer collection entitled: Collaboration and Integration in Construction, Engineering, Management and Technology.

We worked the two papers around a research project on the application of AR for urban utility infrastructure in the UK. The abstracts are shared with you in case you may be interested, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us at: mavricresearch@gmail.com.

Paper Abstracts

Augmented Reality for Urban Utility Infrastructure: A UK Perspective

Research on Augmented Reality (AR) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is still new. As part of a comprehensive study on the application of AR technologies for urban utility infrastructure, this paper sets out to contribute to the state-of-the-art in this area by presenting the results of an industry survey in the UK. The results of the survey conformed, in principles, to majority of findings of the previous research in the field, but also revealed some new or contradictory patterns. Geo-locationing and geo-tagging are still major concerns and have not yet been completely resolved. Relying on global systems does not look like the most reliable option and local systems are required to either replace or jointly work with global systems. With respect to non-AR issues, it is crucial that the quality and content of infrastructure and utilities data are improved and ideally stored centrally in a nationally procured database.

Augmented Reality (AR) for Utility Infrastructure: An Experiential Development Workflow

The process and product development phase of the research instrument for experiential action research is crucial in the success of the research. Due to time, space and resource limitations, fewer studies have concentrated on this development process. In this respect, research on Augmented Reality (AR) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is no exception. This is more evident in subsurface, urban utilities and infrastructure sector. Furthermore, a limited number of studies on AR/VR have utilized mobile devices as their enabling technologies. This paper sets out to contribute to the state-of-the-art in AR research for urban utilities and infrastructure by outlining a generic procedural workflow to be used for designing AR experiments for experiential research in this area. Given the fact that workflow development research in AR is still limited, this research presents a unique contribution in this area to date.


*CITC conferences were kick-started in 2002 in stunning MiamiFlorida, with its lovely beaches, and run bi-annually till 2017 in Dubai where we presented our first paper on AR/VR in CITC. Faster pace of change in the AEC industry, along with growing contribution to CITC from across the world and the popularity of the conference convinced the organisers to run it annually. The next two conferences were in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2018) and London, UK (2019), where we also contributed with two papers in each conference. Some nice photos, and videos of CITC11 and all past conferences’ abstract books can be found here.

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