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issues and high costs. AR technology can help reduce the problems
inherent to this lack of visibility, since it is critical that workers see
exactly what they will be building or drilling into before they even
pick up their tools. Rather than going in blind and waiting for permission, AR empowers the construction worker to make real-time
decisions without wasting time or resources. One example of this
innovation is the DAQRI smart helmet, which allows workers to
experience a 3D environment within any wall. By using this type
of technology, overall safety, continuity of service and efficiency
improves on site.
Visualizing Impact of Projected Design
In addition to offering workers added insight into what is within the
walls on-site, AR can also provide a visualization of each stage of the
construction project by superimposing the design plans onto the
In this same capacity, AR helps avoid much of the downtime on
project that is due to waiting for inspectors to confirm if the next
phase is doable. By projecting holographic images into the existing
physical environment, the inspectors and contractors can quickly and
accurately determine the potential impact of every screw, nail and
bolt on the current design. Take the Microsoft Hololens, for instance.
When one Rhode Island construction worker put the lens on, he
saw that the steel frames he originally planned to order to support
the walls were too long to fit the design. Since this issue was spotted
ahead of time, the company was able to cut the frames shorter before
any building even begun, saving them nearly $5,000. Clearly understanding the impact of a projected design proves critical in cutting
costs, saving time and improving overall accuracy, and AR facilitates
Guiding Workers through Tasks
AR offers the ability to guide workers through every construction
task, whether they're onsite or not. The combination of AR and
guided repair allows each step to be presented to the worker through
annotated workflows and instructions superimposed on reality. This
offers major efficiency advantages, allowing workers to focus fully
on the task at hand, compared to a more traditional approach where
they may need to constantly step away from their work to consult
paper documentation, adversely impacting productivity.
Guided repair enables workers the advantage of guidance through
tasks they're less familiar with without the need to return for a second
time or have another technician visit the site. In the event that the
worker needs help on an ad hoc basis from a colleague, AR enables a
remote expert to see the job through the eyes (or AR goggles) of the
worker and annotate the view to give specific visual guidance. Before
the availability of AR, projects typically had a foreman on site who was
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can take on large jobs.
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Kitchell is working on
three college buildings.
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Hospitality Management School
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responsible for ensuring the plans were being
interpreted correctly. With the help of AR technology, workers are provided with immediate
access to the foreman's expertise, avoiding
interpretation errors and potential delays.
There are many benefits to using AR technology in the construction world including
increased safety and productivity, reduced
downtime and correct adherence to design
to name just a few. As the construction
sector continues on its quest for new ways
to streamline processes, augmented reality
and other innovations will step into a much
larger and more impactful role.
Steve Smith is vice president of strategic verticals at ClickSoftware. For more
information, visit www.clicksoftware.com.
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