AR-VR: Building A New Era In The Construction Industry
Over the years, various surveys have shown that the construction industry, as a whole, has been notoriously slow at adopting new technologies with business owners continuing to underinvest in technology, in spite of the knowledge of the many benefits that technology can provide in carrying out their businesses and managing construction projects.
In recent times, there has been a shift from the usage of BIM, telematics, mobile devices and software applications that had been in use in the construction industry. At present, various emerging technologies like VR and AR, robots, drones, 3D printing, the Internet of things (IoT), wearables and autonomous vehicles are all being adapted for use in the construction industry.
Zoondia — being the Best End-to-End Development Solutions Provider, which believes that AR and VR are technologies that will transform the world and establish the next revolution in customer experience and unit economics of businesses.
How does AR/VR benefit the construction industry?
Project presentation: Stakeholders can get a better understanding of a project through AR as it can layer certain details and elements onto a building plan. Clients can get a solid idea of what a building would look like before it’s built as AR can also be used to showcase 3D models and even provide virtual tours. Implementation of AR from the initial phase will also help in creating a virtual image of the structure, providing both the engineers and the architects with information concerning design flaws and the changes to be made, reducing the time required for rectifications.
Progress capture: Tracking and Documenting how much progress the projects have made can also be achieved using AR. AR helps engineers and mechanics in complex modeling design, monitoring events in real-time using a smartphone, and displaying product options to customers. At job sites, crews can be given access to 2D and 3D drawings on any mobile device, for inspecting the job virtually through a smartphone and a VR viewer.
Better collaboration: Teams can share 3D images and videos with team members who aren’t on-site using the technology of AR so as to streamline the collaboration from remote environments. Stakeholders can also view images or videos in greater detail using AR so they can identify errors or issues without having to be physically present in the location.
Enhanced safety: VR can be used to give workers hands-on experience and training prior to entering a job site, which will help to educate and plan, as well as improve the overall productivity and the safety of workers on-site.
Some AR devices can scan tags or labels, these labels can then bring up text or even 3D models to communicate safety or hazard information.
Construction training: VR can be used to give workers hands-on experience and training prior to entering a job site, through life-like demos, which will help to educate and plan, as well as improve the overall productivity and the safety of workers on-site.
The Future of AR in Construction: Mixed Reality
By implementing mixed reality (MR) the most forward-thinking players are taking things to the next level. Users can be immersed in virtual content while still being aware of their physical environment using MR which is a combination of Augmented Reality with Virtual Reality. You can see and interact with digital elements without getting lost in a completely virtual environment using MR which combines the best of both worlds.
MR enables stakeholders to collaborate better. People in the same room can tour a virtual model or site while still interacting with one another in the real world with the help of MR. MR can assist workers with installations and repairs within the jobsite, by letting them view instructions then overlaying that information onto the activities that they’re engaged on.
The future of augmented reality in construction will be bright, but it’s also important to understand that we’re still in its early days. That said, researchers are optimistic and suggest that the industry is beginning to shift towards greater adoption.
Ultimately, a wider adoption of AR will be driven by two things: The maturity of AR tech itself and also the willingness of construction professionals to go through digital transformation. The construction industry is primed for disruption as the events of 2020 forced construction firms to work remotely and adopt digital solutions.
The implementation of VR/AR in different areas of the construction industry will aid in the efficient management of projects during the various phases of construction, such as conceptual design, detailed design, planning, and project completion.
Augmented Reality will play a major role in the construction industry in the future. If you’re not leveraging this technology yet, begin exploring ways to do so.
Staying ahead of your competitors is an ongoing process and to ensure that you are succeeding, you have to keep up with the latest. Thus, construction firms cannot afford to miss the chance of adopting AR and VR software and apps of Zoondia, the Top Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Development Company. We can offer you a range of software solutions to help you manage as well as empower your efficiency, productivity and growth in the commercial construction industry.