The emergence and great development of Augmented Reality (AR) have already significantly transformed every industry, including construction. These transformations appear in the form of changes in design, modeling, and building. In this field, a series of actors of the construction teams, are benefiting a lot from this technology. This technology provides them with benefits that significantly facilitate the tasks during different processes of their work. In addition, this technology is becoming part of the architectural design process. Moreover, it is allowing both clients and architects to make changes before construction begins. AR is revolutionizing the field of architecture. This is possible by including virtual elements that interact with the real elements of the environment that surrounds us.
Let’s see in more detail how this combination of these virtual elements with the real ones thanks to AR helps the architecture field to increase efficiency, accuracy, reduce the occurrence of errors and save time and extra costs.
Streamline Presentation Processes
Now through AR, the whole visual plan of the buildings is possible to be seen by the architects. This gives them the opportunity to see what their plans will look like in reality. Moreover, it enables architects to make the necessary changes based on clients’ requirements. All this facilitates the decision-making process for architects for situations where they may be doubting. The use of AR in architecture helps to realize a dignified presentation of a project that architects have to do for an entire corporation.
AR for Equipment Monitoring in Architecture
Detailed inspection and monitoring of production equipment is a key process in any type of industry. Every construction site have numerous types of equipment that require detailed inspection. In case of breakdown, the whole construction process interrupts causing delays that may have subsequent consequences. In the recognition of this equipment, AR comes again to help with its role. Through AR it is possible to replace the traditional printed manuals with documented instructions in real environments. In addition, enhancing it with 3D elements enables the virtual exploration of this equipment. Through a pre-inspection of this equipment by the experts of the center, it is possible to prevent many damaging situations.
AR for Architecture Sites Safety
One of the most important issues for construction sites is ensuring that safety training is delivered in an accurate way. This whole process is critical. Training site employees is important for their safety while performing their tasks. AR makes it possible to enable Remote Support that connects an expert center with the site’s workers in real-time. This connection makes it possible to speed up the on-board process and safety training that these employees should have. This AR-based Remote Support by introducing real situations makes it possible to improve this collaborative process. This co-operation leads to the provision of effective training at a low cost. Also, it can prevent incidents and accidents on the construction site.
Architect and Client Communication
The direct link between architects and clients is of particular importance because the whole construction process is about an end product for clients. Therefore, the fulfillment of their requirements lies in the top priorities of the architects, adhering to the wishes of the clients. As mentioned above, AR-based Remote Support is not only used in the expert-employee relationship but also in the relationship between architects and clients. This remote connection makes it possible to present in real-time the various 3D models of projects that clients can request.
AR technology makes it possible to clearly provide the whole picture of what clients are looking for by enabling architects to make AR annotations for necessary explanations or even for markings at various points that may require changes by clients. As in any industry, achieving customer satisfaction is a primary goal, and in this case, thanks to AR technology, customer satisfaction increases significantly.
While various industries are adopting AR, as mentioned at the beginning of the article there is already an increase in its involvement in various construction processes as well. This takes a push by architects who are finding plenty of useful use cases of this technology in facilitating their work. What is widely encouraged is the embrace of this technology as innovative enough to change the way of communication between clients and architects, to significantly improve the various processes on construction sites, as well as to maintain the safety of site employees.