This will blow your mind…Microsoft real-time holographic visualization being used to redefine FM service delivery

by Brianna Crandall — May 3, 2017 — Transformative technology provider Trimble and Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS) are collaborating on what they say is a world’s-first mixed-reality program for the property and facilities management (FM) industry using Microsoft HoloLens and Trimble technology for holographic visualization. The program is the first project to be launched in Brookfield GIS’ Building Digital Workplace Virtual Lab, a collaborative virtual environment for clients and end-users to explore a broad range of technologies, including the benefits of mixed-reality technology for property and facilities management. Corporate real estate owners and facilities managers can now experience applications that have the potential to redefine how FM services and projects are delivered.

As part of Trimble’s Mixed-Reality Pilot Program, Brookfield GIS is the first company to use Microsoft HoloLens for within the property and facilities management industry. Pilots at the Building Digital Workplace Virtual Lab will focus on areas such as real-time holographic visualization of critical maintenance workflows, context-related operational data overlaid in the physical space, building information modeling (BIM) integration, and remote real-time collaboration.

Technology investment at Brookfield GIS is focused on emerging solutions that meet their clients’ current and future challenges. Brookfield GIS currently leverages Trimble Manhattan software, a leading integrated workplace management system (IWMS), to provide the core financial system across its global portfolio. Manhattan IWMS was selected to address each of Brookfield GIS’ specific requirements, providing the ability to combine financials, lease management, facilities management, asset management, project management and analysis capabilities into a single technology platform.

Building on this technology strategy, Trimble and Brookfield GIS are now making a step change to the pace of innovation advancement. Manhattan data will be displayed in a mixed-reality environment using holographic visualization, enabling greater insight and streamlined work processes.

David George, general manager of Trimble’s Real Estate and Workplace Solutions, stated:

We are excited to be collaborating with Brookfield GIS to explore technologies that will profoundly impact the future of the workplace. The Building Digital Workplace Virtual Lab is an innovative way to work closely with clients to test new technologies such as the HoloLens in real-life scenarios for facilities and property management. This approach provides a collaborative forum that brings diverse thinking and a holistic approach to solving our clients’ operational challenges.

Jon McCormick, president and managing director Brookfield GIS Asia Pacific, added:

The rapid expansion and uptake of digital and smart workplace solutions means that employees are no longer defined by a purely physical space, and can instead function as agile teams with a digital readiness that was not previously possible. Together with Trimble, we have the opportunity to explore intelligent solutions for the workplaces of the future.

For more information, visit the Trimble or Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (Brookfield GIS) Web sites or see the Microsoft HoloLens product page.