The application of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry

Project Details


Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have been implemented in many industries including the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Confusion between AR and VR exists, despite several researchers seeking to clarify the differences. As context-specifics have significant influence on the AEC industry, testing AR/VR applications is not as streamlined as in some other industries. This ongoing project sets out to investigate advantages that AR/VR can offer to the construction industry whilst attempting to clarify the differences between the two technologies.

With a special emphasis on innovative approaches to advanced digital technologies in architecture, construction and the built environment, this project sets out to develop:

>Research: to carry out a series of cutting edge (but not necessarily colossal) project which acts as a proof of concept for many new ideas which are blossoming in BERG and @BEACON research groups.
>Community Service: to use new technologies to design and offer new short training courses for young unemployed people seeking employment in the construction industry so that they can be trained and helped improve their work skills and increase their employability potential
>Training, CPD and Andragogy: where the construction professionals can benefit from high-end training to keep up with the latest advancement in their disciplines with literally no perceived risk to health and safety
>Pedagogy: and last but probably most importantly where such facilities can be integrated into teaching building and construction disciplines and help develop research informed teaching.

Key findings

The finding of first phase of this project suggest that HMD AR/VR systems can be applied to construction projects at different phases, although the applications of VR are more evident than AR, this may be due to users being more familiar with VR compared to AR. The findings from this stage have challenged some previous findings with regards to AR/VR and in fact, from time to time even contradicted what was found previously, most notably suggestions that 3D modelling is an unnecessary complication.

Piroozfar, A., Essa, A. and Farr, E.R.P. (2017) The application of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the construction industry using wearable devices

The 9th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9), 5-7 March 2017, Dubai, UAE
Effective start/end date1/01/1631/12/17


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