Feature: Art of presentation and sound science
Communication of engineered systems and environments is complicated. Specifically, mining projects can span hundreds of square miles, billions of tons of material, and require the coordination and interaction between hundreds of engineers, scientists, executives, and public stakeholders. Using the Microsoft HoloLens, we are not limited by 2D contour maps, or illustrative descriptions of what a design will look like in the as-constructed environment. Instead, we can integrate data from geological models to monitoring datasets, and understand their interaction with engineering designs. Standing on-site wondering what a design will look like, or trying to remember what you saw last time you were there, are now challenges of the past. HoloLens is the first self-contained, holographic computer that brings 3D digital content into your physical world. By allowing people to interact with, and control their experience, HoloLens generates a deeper understanding of 3D environments and their changes over time. The porotype developed by BGC and LOOOK illustrates how holographic visualization, using HoloLens, delivers clearer communication during mine reclamation planning, design, and permitting. Features include the ability to visualize the changing ground conditions over time, and be immersed in the landscape from a natural first person viewpoint. Holographic visualization is going to enable clearer communication and more confident decision making.