Benefits of Augmented Reality Technology to the Construction Sector

September 21, 2017 | Written by: Gary Bizek

Constrion calgary

According to the latest study, augmented reality and virtual reality are expected to become a staggering $80 billion market within the next decade. Its size in real estate

sector will be around $2.6 billion. Augmented Reality (AR) is going to improve the current processes in the construction industry through the numerous advantages it has to offer. There are many ways the technology is going to benefit the sector in the present and future.

What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented reality is not the same as virtual reality. While virtual reality (VR) replaces the real world by creating a simulated environment, augmented reality (AR) can create exact replicas of the real world while also enhancing it. In the construction industry, AR can benefit architects, designing teams, project managers, engineers and owners too. It can allow anyone to walk through the proposed building plan, compare it with the plan and propose changes.
AR can be used for multiple processes within the construction sector, not just for the creative designing aspects. This can include safety and quality control too. It can provide real time pictures or videos for analysis, making it much easier for you to catch any kind of errors and inaccuracies.

There are many different ways that augmented reality can help builders and owners.

  • Easy Plan Modification: Augmented reality allows architecture models to be displayed in a way that you can easily modify the 3D plans with just a few taps. Your building interiors can be changed before construction while keeping the exterior design intact. You can move or remove walls in the design with just a few taps. AR can allow clients to create custom residential and commercial buildings to the tiniest detail.
  • Increased Savings:Another benefit of using AR for architectural designing is that it helps save both time and money. Creating architecture plans can be both time intensive and expensive. Augmented reality provides a cost-efficient way to replace your plans with 3D models across all aspects of planning.
  • Ability to Visualize Plans: You can visualize the architectural plans with an immersive experience. Replace 2D blueprints for the structure with augmented models and get a more useful and effective way to view the project’s designs.
  • More Effective Collaboration: AR helps you to communicate the creativity and ideas in the form of the design. Designing teams and architects have always been looking for creative ways to present their ideas or turn their clients’ ideas into models. Augmented reality is one of the most perfect things to happen to the construction industry as it allows it to effectively showcase to clients what the designers want to portray. The resultant interactive graphic user interface allows both the designers and clients to communicate and collaborate effectively to achieve the desired goals.

The architects and designing teams so far depended on CAD, 2D and graphics software and physical sketches, but the current advances in AR technology has helped improve the design process, visualization, collaboration, and efficiency. At the client level, you are able to get better assurances that you will be able to get the final output as per your desires.