Virtual reality construction comes to your smartphone

Grant Prior 10 months ago
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Construction site workers and professionals can now see a mix of reality and digital drawings from their smartphones on site.

Danish BIM-software company Dalux has launched Augmented Reality technology (AR) that works on mobile devices and is currently being used in the construction of a large hospital.

Virtual reality technology in construction has previously focused on developing headsets.

But the Dalux system allows workers to hold up a mobile phone for a similar view.

An M&E specialist using the technology on the Viborg hospital site said: “It’s revolutionary how the technology knows where you are and what you are looking at.

“We save time and money, and contractors can benefit hugely in terms of quality assurance and assembly.

“Navigating all the many paper drawings in the construction industry can be extremely complicated.

“With AR, we don’t have to think so much, just look.”

Experts behind the AR technology believe its much lower cost compared to headsets like HoloLens will boost its adoption in the industry

Dalux co-founder Bent Dalgaard said: “At most large construction projects a digital BIM model is created.

“We can access these drawings through mobile devices, based on the construction worker’s location, and show it as AR.

“The fact that the technology can be used on mobile devices makes the adoption in the construction industry much faster, since everybody has a smartphone or tablet these days.”

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