RUB Bauwesen CompEng

A research talk given by

Professor Frédéric Bosché

Heriot-Watt University

Time: May 18, 2017, 1-2 p.m.   Location: IC 03-449

The presentation will cover four research projects that are underway in the CyberBuild Lab:



Scan-vs-BIM: Given the rapid growth in BIM, construction projects will soon commonly be constructed on the basis of digital information. Scan-vs-BIM refers to the process of automatically comparing laser scanned (or photogrammetric) point clouds of assets with its 3D building information model. The method of co-registering the as-is point clouds and as-planned models will be explained using applications with high interest to the industry, e.g. defects or deterioration analyses.


AT-BAN: the Activity Tracking with Body Area Network (AT-BAN) is a wearable and wireless motion sensor network can be used to monitor the body posture of workers without significant invasion. The usefulness of the developed technology is demonstrated in brick laying and trench work applications.


iHR: The immersive Hybrid Reality (iHR) system is a mixed reality system that seamlessly integrates the real world surrounding a user within his/her immersive experience of a virtual world. This particularly enables users to see their own body and tools within virtual worlds, which (1) significantly enhances the sense of presences; and (2) opens the use of VR to manual trade training.


UrbanPlanAR is a digital visualisation solution designed to enhance the value of BIM information by enabling in-field visualisation from any location, in real-time – creating more engaging and accessible understanding, integrated with current processes, software, and formats. The system is developed in collaboration with industry.


Short Bio: F. Bosché graduated in 2004 with a double MSc degree (Construction Engineering and Project Management from the University of Texas, Austin, USA; and Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lille, France). After a short period of work in the construction industry in France, he obtained a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 2008. He then joined the Computer Vision group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland for almost three years. In 2011, he became a Lecturer within the School of the Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University. As an Associate Processor he is heading the CyberBuild Lab ( Prof. Bosché has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and his research has received two major international research and innovation awards (i.e., the 2016 CIOB International Research & Innovation Award and the 2017 UK Careers Development Award).