Better way of working in construction
Purpose and goal
The objective of this project was to evaluate the use of Augmented Reality for viewing models on site, in order to evaluate which tasks are most suited for this type of technology. A secondary objective was to collect knowledge on how solutions like this should be packaged and implemented in a way that is aligned with the needs in construction projects. The project has been able to build several working prototypes and perform field tests with these applications on the production site.
Expected results and effects
The expected outcome of the project was to learn whether using Augmented Reality to bring 3D models to the construction site would be adding value to existing workflows. In the project, there were - as expected - large advantages to be had but also several remaining hurdles to overcome, including challenges in using current technology but also the way information is managed in current processes that is insufficient for the creation of complete task sequences planning based on 3D models.
Planned approach and implementation
The project delivered three working prototypes for planning, fitting and viewing of reinforcing bars, structures and installations. The prototypes were tested on site by BIM coordinators, foremen and blue collar workers on a construction site. The results from the tests were gathered in several workshops where the attendees provided their view on the possibilities but also limitations of the current technology.