Alongside the numerous improvements announced at the annual Dimensions conference for the company’s field survey solutions and SketchUp design software aimed at compact equipment, Trimble also announced that it’s working to bring SketchUp to Microsoft’s HoloLens virtual reality goggles.
Trimble is working in tandem with Microsoft to enable teams to collaborate on drawings with the ability to view the 3D SketchUp drawings using the HoloLens.
With the Trimble SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens you can create the design, load it into the HoloLens goggles, change the scale of the drawing to life size and virtually walk into the building you just designed—what they’re calling the “immersive” design experience.
You can also switch to the “tabletop” mode and view the drawing as if it were a model sitting on a desk.
Also with SketchUp, an “Entity Info” feature gives you access to Building Information Modeling (BIM) data embedded in the project and the “Tape Measure” functionality enables you to call up dimensional information with ease. To aid in visualization you can toggle through different layers of your drawings and check for clearances and alignments.