Technological mediation and 3D visualizations in construction engineering practice

Hans Voordijk*, Léon Luc olde Scholtenhuis

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The generation and use of 3D images and visualizations through remote sensing, Building Information Modeling, and Augmented Reality technologies, have come to play a significant role in construction engineering practice. Although these technologies are promising, their potential can be misjudged when potential end-users are unaware of key assumptions that were made by developers. Realistic expectations require insights into the ways in which these technologies transform input collected into 3D visualizations and how these visualizations are possibly used on construction sites. This study’s objective is hence to explore the form of technological mediation that the generation and use of 3D images and visualizations provide between a human and objects, or aspects of these objects, that would otherwise be largely imperceptible to professionals in construction practice. We show that algorithms pre- and post-process data through their technological selectivities, which function as mediators. Double mediations of augmented and engaged relationships play a dominant role in the use of 3D images and visualizations and enhance the situational awareness of professionals in construction practice. This is the first study that applies this perspective to increase the understanding of the mediating role of 3D images and visualizations in construction practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-220
Number of pages14
JournalAI & society
Early online date13 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • Postphenomenology
  • 3D visualizations
  • Technological intentionality
  • Digital materials
  • 3D laser scanning
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • UT-Hybrid-D


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