Construction is one of the oldest industries in the world with Innovators developing new tools to foster its advancement since the dawn of days. Now, we’re seeing prototypes of autonomous, self-navigating trucks and the real-life possibility of brain-computer interfaces. It’s no surprise that augmented reality has found a key place within all this progress.
Recently there has been mass investment for the development of AR in construction. For example researchers from Virginia Tech have been designing an augmented reality-based interface for wearable, powered exoskeletons that will aid workers’ performance in the industrial sector.
AR- assisted exoskeletons are reportedly coming soon, with the technology is already disrupting the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry with multiple use cases.
Additionally more and more companies are using BIM with augmented reality to make 3D blueprints come alive. Uploading a BIM model into AR software and using a tablet or a pair of AR glasses would allow workers to have full-scale walkthroughs of the plan.
Some companies are using wearable technology to render BIM models life-like taking full advantage of AR. Clients and team members can then view the models from a mobile app and project them on top of the original blueprint.
Augmented reality also allows companies to tag objects and real-world equipment with valuable information that everyone else on the team will be able to access. Workers can scan their surroundings and create 3D digital models of equipment for better collaboration.
The technology has also been used to facilitate employee training. New employees can train to use potentially dangerous equipment without the threat of an accident. Blurring the line between theory and practice, augmented reality lets workers learn how to operate machinery faster and more safely.