The construction industry is one of the oldest industries out there and is the one that is always slow to adopt new technologies. Due to this slow pace in adopting new technologies, the scope for improvements is bare minimum. According to McKinsey Global Institute Digitization Index (based on more than 20 evaluation metrics), the construction industry is second to last in adopting any digitization process.
A reason for negligence to digital transformation can be the low budget allocated to Research & Development (R&D) in the construction sector. This leaves the construction sector way behind other industries. But if companies in the construction sector embrace new technologies, they can attain goals to make their business flourish.
How Does Augmented Reality (AR) Benefit Construction?
If the construction sector embraces technology innovation to address productivity, workforce, and business challenges, they can overcome some everlasting obstacles that tie them behind. Let’s take a quick look at how augmented reality can benefit construction sector and tools that some construction companies are using.
1. Project Planning & Design Analysis
Augmented reality leaves no room for guesswork. By using 3D models and platforms to create an AR experience, companies can easily build interactive models with minute details of their projects and present them to their clients. This deep visualization allows clients to get a realistic view of how the project will look and understand each step of construction. This also allows them to catch any design flows and make necessary adjustments or changes even before the construction begins. Also, getting your clients on board at an early stage helps reduce cost overruns, repetitive changes in design, delays and helps to identify any mistakes beforehand.
2. On-Site Project Information
AR can get you real-time information right in front of you, anytime and anywhere you want. Using an AR headset, the worker can see all details and use them to ensure everything is in order. This helps to reduce errors and can thus save money.
3. Team Collaboration
Collaboration is vital in the construction sector. The smooth working between designers, managers, electricians, welders, plumbers, etc. is required to stay on time and within budget. Not all these people may be available when something needs clarification.
Rather than waiting for them to arrive or even checking the blueprints, designs or manuals, which is very inefficient, the worker can connect with required personnel through an AR-based remote assistance platform. This enables to solve issues in real-time even when being at different locations and reduces downtime.
4. Training Workers
Construction industry workers deal with heavy machinery and equipment throughout the day. And each time a new worker joins the team, it can be challenging to familiarize them with these machines. A simple solution to this that involves zero risk is using an AR wearable or any smart device with AR software installed in it. The worker can get clear and direct instructions anytime they face a challenge with the machinery. This empowers your workforce to perform self-service, improves efficiency and productivity, and reduces possible downtime.
In Search of Augmented Reality for your Construction Projects?
If you are interested in adopting augmented reality into your construction company or project and are searching for a reliable, secure, and scalable augmented reality solution, we can help. We know that you have your questions and doubts about implementing an augmented reality solution, and we are more than happy to guide you on your way to digital transformation. Please send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for a FREE AR consultation.