University of Strathclyde demonstrate augmented and virtual reality construction tool
May 8 2017
Devised in collaboration with Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, visualisation provider Soluis Group and modular building manufacturer Carbon Dynamic the new system employs Microsoft’s HoloLens to enable trades to peer behind a 2.2m plasterboard wall to inspect the plumbing and wiring behind.
The technology demonstrator can also be used to identify gaps in insulation behind prefabricated walls prior to transport on-site, holding out prospect for significant cost, time and quality improvements to be made.
David Grant, partnership development leader at the AFRC, said: “Prior to work commencing on site, those involved in a construction project will be able to accurately visualise and walk through a building before the foundations are even dug, this will help in identifying any potential issues before they occur. It could also help during a build as contractors will be able to accurately see what’s behind walls and under floors, potentially leading to improved health and safety on sites as all guess work could be eliminated.
“Post construction it will help with remedial and retrofitting work – even years down the line – as all of the information relating to a building – from where electricity cables and pipe work are installed to the guarantees and instruction manuals for boilers, light fittings and showers will be accessible using this technology.”
Despite recent progress software applications to take full-use of the opportunities remain in their infancy - although the AFRC believe that there work serves as an important first-step toward building an off the shelf platform.
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