Integrating Building Information Modeling and Augmented Reality to Improve Investigation of Historical Buildings


  • Francesco Chionna Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologie dei materiali (CETMA), Brindisi
  • Francesco Argese Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologie dei materiali (CETMA), Brindisi
  • Vito Palmieri Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologie dei materiali (CETMA), Brindisi
  • Italo Spada Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologie dei materiali (CETMA), Brindisi
  • Lucio Colizzi Centro di progettazione, design e tecnologie dei materiali (CETMA), Brindisi



information modeling, augmented reality, software engineering, computer vision


This paper describes an experimental system to support investigation of historical buildings using Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Augmented Reality (AR). The system requires the use of an off-line software to build the BIM representation and defines a method to integrate diagnostic data into BIM. The system offers access to such information during site investigation using AR glasses supported by marker and marker-less technologies. The main innovation is the possibility to contextualize through AR not only existing BIM properties but also results from non-invasive tools. User evaluations show how the use of the system may enhance the perception of engineers during the investigation process.


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How to Cite

Chionna, F., Argese, F., Palmieri, V., Spada, I., & Colizzi, L. (2015). Integrating Building Information Modeling and Augmented Reality to Improve Investigation of Historical Buildings. Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage, 15(1), 133–163.