VR in construction: the construction industry is ready to take huge steps

Designing in a digital setting, whether we’re talking about games, real estate, the construction industry or even retail, provided us with a completely new view on our designing process.

Nowadays we design and test our designs in a 2D environment. Although we live in a 3D world and we design for end products in a 3D world. You’ve guessed it… VR in construction and an augmented reality construction site has advantages for all involved parties in the construction industry.

The designing process for VR or AR is a little bit different but luckily high-quality tools are plenty and prototyping is now being done in 360°.

An augmented reality construction site

Maybe your company has already made investments in drones to map a construction site by laser scanning an area or manage materials delivered to construction sites to avoid mismanaged scheduling and purchasing of those materials?

Are all of your company’s employees working digital already?

Up until now, construction industry and architecture in general has been one of the least digitised industries (Research by global consultancy firm McKinsey & Company).

What if there was an even more efficient way to work at construction sites?

Whether your company is already working with drones or not, the investment is worth its while. Thanks to these futuristic solutions:

  • an area can be scanned,
  • uploaded into a VR headset,
  • and you, your employees or even your customers can walk through the building or the site where they will be constructing.

“Annual investment in augmented and virtual reality companies is growing at a rapid pace”

Source: https://www.digi-capital.com/news/2017/01/after-mixed-year-mobile-ar-to-drive-108-billion-vrar-market-by-2021/#.WeTWMNNJauU


Thinking out-of-the-construction-site

Not only does VR in construction increase the designing process or enhances sales, an augmented reality construction site:

  • expands productivity

  • boosts training

  • and improves safety on-site.

The DAQRI helmet is an example of AR reducing errors, decreasing cognitive load, and improving workers’ learning curves when engaging in manufacturing, assembly, maintenance, inspection and repair tasks.

But there’s more than the DAQRI helmet. Making use of augmented reality in the construction industry, you’re connecting the designers and architects, with construction employees like planners and facility management.

Trimble’s SketchUp Viewer lets architects and designers orbit, pan and zoom around their SketchUp models with detailed views like section planes, using orthographic and perspective cameras, with layer visibility, in X-Ray mode or edge and face styles.  

This means no critical design decisions get lost in the complete construction processes. You even provide visual information for inspection, repair, and upgrading the infrastructure.

We’re not even mentioning the opportunities AR and VR in real estate. As said before it enhances the sales process when a new home or a government building is visualised in a more detailed structure.

Contracting from start to end and even real estate business can take a huge leap with an augmented reality construction industry or vr in construction.

Want to get to know your possible advantage on competitors? Let’s talk VR or AR