3dcityThe LARA device promise is to provide field workers with the ability to ‘see beneath the ground’. Concretely, the device combines GNSS technology, 3D GIS technology and geospatial databases with computer graphics and Augmented Reality in order to render complex 3D models of underground networks — be it sewage pipes, gas conduits or electricity cables. The potential impact of this technology is tremendous: according to a 2006 report (McMahon et all, 2006), utility companies from the UK alone create over 1.5 million street holes each year, often causing damage to third-party assets. All in all, these maintenance operations cost some EUR 5.8 billion to British society, and LARA hopes to brings these costs down significantly. Read More