See through Walls with Augmented Reality in the construction industry

May 18, 2018

Augmented Reality is the most promising new technologies to be used on construction sites offering unique and exciting way to communicate design intent and to visualise virtual objects and designs in the real world. AR is gaining speed in construction as it is one industry that will clearly benefit from it. Companies implemented augmented reality are already seeing the financial benefits.

About in AR in the construction space

Augmented reality is about the incorporation of a computer-generated image on a person’s view of the real world. It provides a view of both what the world and work actually look like and what it could look like. There growing number of wearables being developed. There are numerous benefits to adopting this technology. In addition to the increased efficiencies and reduced costs, it can allow builders to stand out from the crowd when marketing their property to consumers and gain an edge over their competitors.

Imagine you are part of a crew constructing a new office building: Midway through the process, you are on-site, inspecting the installation of HVAC systems. You put on a funny-looking wearable and step out of the service elevator. Through the visor on your wearable, you pull up the Building Information Model (BIM), which is instantly projected across your field of vision. There are heating ducts, water pipes, and electrical boxes, moving and shifting with your point of view as you walk along the corridors. Peel back layers of the model to see the building’s steel structure, insulation, and material finishes. It is like having comic book–style X-ray vision—and soon, it could be a reality on a construction site with AR wearables.

This magic eyewear is a wearable augmented-reality system being developed for use in the building and construction industry. Essentially, it allows builders, engineers, and designers to wear it and experience an immersive, full-scale 3D environment.

Intelligent application fields of AR in the construction space

  • Showing Plans to Local Governments

Between building information modelling and augmented reality, architectural firms and construction companies will know how a building will fare over time. The impact of the building can be explained to officials with details. Adjustments in terms of remedial measures or preventive measures can be carried well before the impacts be it at the environmental or social level. The value of augmented reality in construction in the planning and permit stages is and will continue to be incredible.

  • Showing Plans to Clients

Clients see computer-generated images or drafts, and they might have a slightly different image or vision for what they expected.  By using augmented reality in conjunction with BIM both the architects and construction firms can truly showcase functional models to their clients. Changes and all queries can be addressed well before the construction starts and thus meeting the perfect requirement of clients in efficient time limit without the need to do adjustments after the project completion. With better client engagement in the project, there is the elimination of cost attached to readjustment after construction. It makes augmented reality in construction a major investment in reducing costs for re-work.

  • Measuring Accurately

It might sound odd, but augmented reality actually helps measure spaces more accurately. Augmented reality gear collect data on space’s height, width and depth. This means using augmented reality in construction projects incorporates all dimensions into usable models. When using augmented reality, many companies use drones to take near perfect measurements of the space. Then using a building model or computer model of the structure with an accurate measurement, project managers know what it will look like. They have accurate measurements of the equipment and other parts of the building and can see how it fits on the job site. Especially in construction, accurate measurements are crucial to work performance (labour, time and materials) and can be improved by augmented reality.

  • On the Site

The best benefit to augmented reality is the ability to see how things fit on the site. It gives project managers the tools to see how everything fits on site before parts are ordered or assembled. While most companies are using VR helmets, glasses and other wearables on the sidelines for safety, it looks as though it will soon be available to walk through the site. It helps projects managers know how the plumbing, electrical and other utilities will fit into the structure so they can plan for it.

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