Demolition. Maintenance. Renovation. All of these concepts and many more are typically used to describe various aspects of the construction business. Yet, how can these processes be boosted? While there’s a multitude of different strategies aimed at improving construction services, modern technologies also introduce innovative approaches that are undeniably worth your attention. At first glance, it may be difficult to imagine the mixture of immersive technologies and the construction industry. However, don’t jump to conclusions too fast because this article can dramatically change your viewpoint. Interested? Then, read on, and let’s crush this topic together.
Even though business challenges are usually perceived with fear and negativity, it’s essential to remember that it’s always possible to find a state-of-the-art solution to each problem. Same here, in the construction business. This industry is full of challenges, ranging from the need to display the appearance of an unfinished building to the execution of a construction plan without delays and budget increases. Besides, it’s necessary to provide builders with all the required information to avoid possible mistakes. These are just a few issues that need to be addressed in the construction business. Fortunately, they can be solved quite easily thanks to immersive technologies. The above-mentioned challenges should be viewed as a perfect motivational basis for adopting AR/VR technologies.
There’s no doubt that safety is pivotal for all industries, so the construction business isn’t an exception. When workers join the construction company, they expect that the employer has taken all the necessary safety measures. Nevertheless, practice shows that often it’s not enough, while the following statistics also prove this fact:
Such a tendency looks quite threatening, doesn’t it? Thus, another logical question appears: how is it possible to minimize risks associated with building activities? Here immersive technologies come into play.
You enter the construction site and… Something weird happens. The sound of an “industrial whine” bursts the air, you hear screams, something heavy falls behind you, or you suddenly realize that the ground beneath you has shifted. You’re shocked. After all, what is going on here?
At this point, we hope that we’ve managed to intrigue you enough, so it’s time to put all the cards on the table. The described scenario is without any doubt horrifying, but it isn’t real, just a virtual reality simulation. Even a wasted minute can be fatal in a real-life situation, but the virtual world gives you a chance to avoid an accident. By experiencing hazardous circumstances in a safe artificial environment, employees not only can raise their level of awareness but also will be capable of acting correctly and confidently in response to any emergencies.
Are you still thinking that there’s no need to implement virtual safety training in your construction company? Review the statistics one more time. Go back a few lines up and try to recreate the described scenario in your imagination. In any case, human life should be of supreme value for each business.
Human errors are a relatively common cause of production disruptions and as a result of money losses. One of the reasons for the mistakes is the low qualification of construction staff. However, this problem is often quite tricky because even engineers with a degree sometimes do not have enough practical skills. Additionally, such training simulations are time-consuming and dangerous for students.
Thanks to immersive technologies, construction companies don’t have to worry about such issues anymore. That’s because the best solution is to use augmented and mixed reality applications, which show workers how to perform any task properly in a safe environment while minimizing staff errors.
The killing feature of BIM is that it contains not only a general model of a building but also a layout of pipelines, electrical communications, texture data, etc. Constructors can quickly access this information through augmented and mixed reality. AR/MR applications allow superimposing computer-generated images from CAD or Building Information Modeling (BIM) programs onto a user’s view of the real world, resulting in a composite or augmented image.
With the help of augmented reality, builders can observe the construction site seeing the augmented overlay of the BIM model on top of the structure. The constructor can take photos or videos for the project team to view. It also allows checking how unbuilt structures, such as underground pipes, cable lines, or ducts align with a construction plan.
VR simulations are undoubtedly a cool choice for companies of all sizes and specializations. Nevertheless, it can be even cooler for construction organizations with many departments and projects in different locations. Why? Let’s find out together.
Suppose you hold the post of manager/company owner/etc in a huge construction organization. For example, you’re supervising a crucial project in another country. You are interested in the building’s progress while also wanting to engage professionals from other departments. Unfortunately, it would be difficult to handle these processes remotely because blueprints, reports, or video conferences often don’t allow you to see the whole picture. In fact, many problems and mistakes in construction projects are associated with poor communication.
When partners are able to imagine, explain and make adjustments to the design of the shared space, misunderstandings and mistakes will be less likely. Instead of holding video meetings with project participants, you could meet in a multi-user VR environment. To be more precise, the meeting can take place in a virtual model of a building that is under construction.
The most obvious use of VR in construction is visualization. The virtual tour inside the future home and the ability to change materials, fixtures, and furniture are essential aspects of successful sales. The client will even be able to look from the windows of his future apartment.
A beautiful view not only speeds up purchasing decisions but can also justify a high price tag. Using VR will allow the shopper to walk around the neighborhood and see how to get to the nearest school or mall. Luckily, you don’t have to build a house and knock it down in case the investor wants something different.
Augmented reality is a smart solution that allows your clients to see the structure in a place where it will be built and experience a real-time walkthrough. Does it sound interesting to you? Check out our project AResidence and see how it looks in action.
Although immersive technologies have gained incredible popularity during the last few years, some company owners still hesitate concerning the need to implement AR/VR/MR technologies. To help you make the right choice, we’ve prepared a list of key factors that contribute to the necessity of adopting immersive technologies:
As already mentioned, VR / AR technologies are new interesting and practical tools for solving many construction problems. Yet, it’s not always clear where to start, how much it will cost and how soon the investment will return.
Summarizing the experience of successful integration of virtual and augmented reality technologies into construction processes, we can form the following recommendations for making a decision on the implementation of immersive technologies:
Thus, based on the above, we can conclude that virtual and augmented reality technologies are getting more and more practical applications, especially in the field of construction, design, and architecture. That’s because immersive technologies have a clear number of advantages, including vast visualization capabilities, simplified communication, and advanced safety measures, to mention just a few. In this regard, it’s logical to assume that they will occupy their place of honor in the construction industry in the near future.
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