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Funding Secured To Develop Use Of Augmented Reality In Construction Sector
Interesting news for contractors making use of national scaffolding companies at the moment – augmented reality could be seen at a building site near you soon!
Numerous organisations have come together to secure £1 million in funding from Innovate UK to explore how it can be used in the construction sector, led by construction visualisation company Soluis Group. An augmented reality asset management tool has already been piloted at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street station.
An Augmented Worker System is due to be created, with the aim being to help companies with construction, design, maintenance and whole-life value of buildings. It’s also hoped that value from Building Information Modelling will be realised, by targeting a 30 per cent increase in productivity, a 25 per cent decrease in waste and a 25 per cent cost reduction.
“The adoption of cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality technology in industries like construction will be vital in helping us identify new, smarter ways of working.
“This government-backed initiative will help build the UK’s reputation and expertise in the pioneering use of this technology, while helping make construction projects of the future more efficient, cost effective and productive,” Greg Clark, business secretary, said.
If this is of interest, perhaps consider looking into HoloLens as well. This is an augmented reality computer from Microsoft that could assist with construction projects. It allows you to engage with digital content and interact with holograms in the physical environment – so could really help boost efficiencies and make you more productive. See how the Gilbane Building Company in Rhode Island in the US used it to their advantage over on the Technology Review website.