Working with augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) can be a game changer for both remote collaboration and improving employee health and safety. Below are eight ways in which these tools benefit the construction industry:
1. Environment Visualization and Sharing: With global collaboration becoming more common and COVID requiring social distancing, site view sharing through extended reality tools enables crews to instantly transmit a common view of the project using personal devices from the jobsite to any location in the world.
2. Hands-Free Collaboration: These systems combine a mixed reality headset, Connect for HoloLens, and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist to enable field workers and office staff to share files, view environments or make annotations at the touch of a button.
3. Capture and Share Designs, Models and Videos Remotely with Clients: AR and MR make it possible to walk the client through the jobsite in real time, offer suggestions and provide clients with videos that highlight challenges and solutions.
4. Safe, Efficient Training and Support: Trainees and new hires in the field can train with offsite experts using hands-free mixed reality headsets.
5. Remote Project Management: With Trimble SiteVision, project managers can use to-do lists and measurement functions to assign tasks based on actual photos of the site location combined with written instructions for field or office staff.
6. Help Employees Manage Workloads: Team leaders can conduct virtual daily site walkthroughs, providing instructions as always, but with the added benefit that team members can take part in the same meeting onsite, in their vehicles, or back at the office.
7. Cut Down on Meetings: Extended reality technologies leave much less room for interpretation, streamlining communication and cutting down on the need to meet in-person to explain how 3-D models relate to the site environment.
8. Remote Design Reviews: Teams can conduct design reviews virtually from multiple locations, enabling earlier buy-in from stakeholders and avoiding the need to gather around boardroom tables with paper plans spread across it.
If any of these use cases sound like they could help you accomplish your business goals, now is the time to contact BuildingPoint.