VR and AR technology has great potential to make our lives easier. For example, when it comes to facilitating the construction of a home. That’s what we’re going to talk about in this article.
VR APPLICATIONS IN CONSTRUCTION
Construction is a dangerous line of work. According to the latest report prepared by the federation of Construction and Services of the ‘Comisiones Obreras’, in 2019 a total of 28,970 accidents at work have already been registered and the rate of fatal accidents is much higher than in any other sector. Most of these are associated with the risk involved in handling the machinery used on the site. We see, therefore, that it is very necessary to reduce these figures.
Virtual Reality training is a very effective method to reduce this sum of accidents, as it is a safe and effective way of learning in which employees are in a controlled work environment. The more practiced workers in the sector, the better prepared they will be in the physical world to carry out their work.
Employees can train how to perform different tasks, such as the assembly of ladders, work on roofs, scaffolding roofs, or handling heavy machinery, among many other activities related to construction professionals.
Thanks to virtual reality, everything is possible. Incredibly realistic environments can be simulated and operators can have the feeling of being in the same workplace as normal. Recreation can even show them unexpected situations that without the use of this Virtual Reality technology, it would be impossible to reproduce. This can help them, for example, to know how to act when a ladder or scaffold collapses.
BUILDING PLAN CONTROL
Build a house is a long and expensive process and many times once the building starts to take shape, unforeseen problems and design problems arise that were not visible on the plan. This is one of the main concerns of clients and builders, often difficult to resolve, because they have to revise the whole project again, and this involves a waste not only of money but also of time.
Virtual Reality overcomes this limitation, offering creative solutions so that there aren’t so many changes during construction. How? Through this technology the plans can come to life allowing builders and architects to visualize the entire building from any angle, at real size and even being able to move around every corner, in order to detect if there is a hidden problem. Virtual Reality also makes it possible for clients to make design changes quickly and easily, without incurring major expenses or altering the physical construction.
TEAM COLLABORATION THROUGH VR
But the benefits of Virtual Reality don’t end there. Through this technology, team members located anywhere in the world can meet in a virtual room, overcoming all physical limitations that sometimes prevent individuals from talking to their co-workers.
VISUALIZATION OF THE BUILDING FROM ANYWHERE
Today, those responsible for financing a building may be thousands of kilometres from the building, which means that they visit the building very rarely, if at all. It is very important and necessary for builders that clients have a clear understanding of the status of the construction and clients are still required to come to the job site to see what stage the building is in.
But how can Virtual Reality allow builders to show different spaces? The answer is very simple. Through a 3D camera, thanks to which those responsible for the construction have the possibility of walking around the workplace, regardless of where they are physically. Thanks to VR there is a relationship between client and builder, preventing the lack of communication, as well as avoiding the loss of time and money.
APPLICATION OF AUGMENTED REALITY IN CONSTRUCTION
As we have seen, Virtual Reality brings infinite advantages to the construction sector. However, there is another innovative technology that has also appeared to transform it: Augmented Reality.
It works differently than VR. While Virtual Reality immerses us in a completely digitized environment, through RA the user can perfectly observe the real world, however, this technology superimposes additional layers on this reality.
Employees can wear Augmented Reality goggles while they are working, being able to see the plans of the building and the construction at the same time.
In this way, they can easily place materials with great precision, without having to examine paper documents.
These are some of the practical applications of Virtual and Augmented Reality in the field of construction, which can be transferred to other similar sectors such as decoration or interior design. Every day the VR and the AR bring more opportunities to the industries and from Innoarea we work to make any project a reality hand in hand with these immersive technologies.