What is extended reality?
Extended Reality or XR is an overarching term that includes Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and other technologies that combine real and virtual world to manufacture an immersive experience.
Extended Reality In Construction
Almost unimaginable even five years ago, clients can now take a virtual walk through their new home or office to ensure the design suits their needs now rather than after it is built.
So, what can we look forward to with the growing use of XR in the construction industry?
Saving Time, Money and Stress
When you initially speak to a builder, you’ll often notice building mock-ups, material samples and colour samples.
Walk through a display home and you’ll see everything put together. But what if you’re building a custom design home?
What if you make a few changes to the office layout? XR solutions allow builders and designers to put together a building design and make changes without having to build mock-ups and chase down hundreds of samples of building materials and colours.
When Extended Reality is fully implemented into the construction industry, builders and designers can get into a database of virtual buildings and products, quickly building a virtual home from the bottom up, giving their clients a great idea of what their build will look like.
New Technology On-Site
One area of technology that is expected to evolve the industry further is that of smart goggles.
Imagine walking around a job site – less mobiles in hand, less paperwork and more smart goggles that show building plans, drawings, technical information, installation, checklists and more.
This information will help to cut down on meetings as everything is there when needed.
On Site Training and Safety
Another area where Extended Reality is shaping the construction industry is through the training and safety procedures for each site.
Virtual Reality can be a highly effective training tool for those machine operators to get an idea of what is required to use each piece of machinery on a particular site.
Assisted Reality can help technicians when inspecting equipment show past maintenance history.
On top of the training side, there is the safety side, particularly for building inspectors who could have all plans uploaded before the leave the office and know exactly what needs to be inspected and when.
As Extended Reality technologies grow and become more diverse, we can expect to see them changing the landscape of the construction industry over the coming years.
Businesses that are already taking this technology on board or who are ready to jump on board will have a competitive advantage over those who are a bit slower to start.
There’s plenty of exciting things happening within the world of Extended Reality, and we look forward to seeing how it changes the construction industry over the coming years.