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Technology Offers Shive-Hattery Clients Improved Safety during COVID-19

Published Thursday, May 7, 2020

In this new reality where many of us are working from home or sheltered in place, how are engineers and architects adapting to continue designing projects for communities and businesses?

Shive-Hattery engineers use 3D visualization every day, bringing designs and drawings to life. While you may have heard of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the latest wave of visualization tech is MR, or “mixed reality.”

New this year, Shive-Hattery implemented the Microsoft HoloLens 2, an immersive mixed reality headset designed for professional applications. With features more advanced than a consumer system, the HoloLens 2 offers a wide field of view, industry-leading resolution, an ergonomic fit, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

During the pandemic, this technology offers clients and staff improved safety and coordination. The headset requires only one staff member be on-site with a client, reducing the need for travel and number of staff at project sites. Once on-site, the client can use the headset to see the design in their own space which cuts down on the need for additional on-site meetings.

Whether Shive-Hattery staff are working from home or the office, the headset can transmit a live video feed that allows them to see exactly what the wearer sees as they manipulate 3D models in real world context, take notes, experiment with furniture layouts or pipe routing, and more.

Engineers, architects, and interior designers in the ICR Corridor offices are already finding the tool beneficial across the design process. Matt Krenz, ICR Office Process Design Lead, said he recently used the tool with a client to identify a potentially costly design issue early, avoiding change orders or problems for the end user.

“We’ve had clients try it on in their environment,” said Krenz. “They can see exactly what they’re going to get and how it interacts with their day-to-day activities.”

Learn more about Shive-Hattery’s visualization services or request a demo at

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