The Need for Augmented Reality in Construction

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are offering unique opportunities for construction. The market is anticipated to grow, bringing new use cases and business models for the industry.

The market dipped a bit in 2017, primarily due to a decline in shipments of screenless VR viewers, but is expected to see a rebound in 2018, according to IDC. News from tech providers is already pointing to a resurgence for construction.

Augmented Reality Examples Coming to Construction 

One recent example comes from DAQRI with the new DAQRI Worksense, which is a productivity suite for augmented reality. This product allows construction companies to deploy new apps.

The suite comes with five different capabilities including: DAQRI Show, which combines video, voice, and 3D collaboration; DAQRI Tag, which enables management of operations; DAQRI Scan, which allows for assessment of a facility or piece of equipment; DAQRI Model for building information modeling (BIM); and DAQRI Guide, giving workers instructions and reference materials.

Some of the benefits include a richer 3D environment and the ability to guide remote workers and provide them with support on a project. Further, teams can compare designs to work in progress to keep both the office and the jobsite in sync.

While this is one example, AR and VR are a growing trend in the construction industry today, offering unique opportunities for workers at the jobsite.

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