Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality applications are gaining ground in the construction industry. David Burczyk, Segment Manager Field Technology Group, explains the difference between the three technologies and their value to construction projects.
David Burczyk explains the difference between Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Reality.
Could you explain the difference between MR, AR, and VR?
“The terms mixed, augmented and virtual reality are used to describe different technologies around what’s now being referred to as extended reality or XR. Each technology visualizes digital content in a different way.”
“Let’s start with virtual reality (VR). Virtual reality essentially means immersing yourself in the digital content. So, if you see people wearing the goggles that they put on their faces, you remove the context around you and you immerse yourself inside the technical or the digital world that you’ve created.”
“Augmented reality is creating essentially a digital window. So, you take the mobile device like a tablet or a mobile phone and use it as this digital window that you look through. You see the digital content is overlaid on the physical surroundings that you’re standing in.”
“Mixed reality (MR) then combines both virtual and augmented reality. Here you’re wearing a headset device again. In this case, however, you’re being immersed in the digital content, still aware of your physical surroundings so that you can interact with both physical and digital objects at the same time. All those different technologies can be applied to communicate and collaborate around the construction site.”
Which of these technologies will have the biggest impact on construction?
“All three will work really well in the construction industry. If you look at the job site specifically, both augmented and mixed reality applications will be very beneficial to construction projects. AR and MR can help project teams understand what the current digital content is and use this information to ensure that they are accurately installing things on the job site and also resolving any kind of conflict that arises.