The mobile app (field side) - Real time collaboration

The mobile app allows field agents to receive placemarks in real time and view them both on the map and in AR mode, complete with an interface to get them there quickly. It also allows them to send georeferenced photos and information about points of interest directly back to the office.

Connecting to BIM account

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To enable live collaboration the field agent should first log in to his BIM 360 account, by pressing on the icon on the top left of the screen. This needs to be done each time the mobile app is restarted. After logging into his BIM 360 account the user will also be asked to select a project to collaborate on. He can then share elements with any user in that project that is currently online.

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He can also later switch to a different project by clicking on the file icon as shown above.

Receiving a placemark

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When a field agent is sent a placemark, he receives a notification and sees the new object as a red dot on the compass on the bottom left of the screen. By turning towards that direction he can see the placemark in AR mode (1) and select it to view information regarding the sender and his current distance from it (2). He can then choose whether he wants to view it on the map (3), or get directions to it in AR mode (4).

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If he selects to get directions to in in AR mode, an arrow will appear showing him where he needs to go. The color of the arrow changes as he gets closer to his destination.

Sending Information

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When a field agent wants to share elements with other users in real time, he must first select the recipient as shown above. He can then take a photo or create a placemark and send it to him.

Note: If no specific user has been selected any photo captured will be added to the project (and saved in the "Photos" folder to be later accessed via the web application) but no other team member will receive a notification about it.

Sharing a photo

Sharing a photo is a 2-step process:

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1) Capture the photo by using the camera icon

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2) Adjust the location that the photo was captured from (1) and the direction that the field agent was facing at the time (2) on the map, if needed. Optionally add accompanying notes (3) and press SEND to share.

The recipient will instantly be notified about the incoming image and he can display it on his interface, may that be the web application or the mobile app.

Sharing a placemark

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To create a placemark the field agent can use the chat icon. He can then add a description in the text box and press Enter to send it. If the recipient is using the web application he will view it on his map whereas if he is using the mobile app he can also choose to view it in AR mode, as explained above.

 

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