For construction, AR (augmented reality) offers the ability to visualize a space in the early phases of a project, allowing contractors to anticipate clashes and understand how components will come together throughout the construction process. Now, technology providers are more readily offering solutions that will allow users to take advantage of augmented reality in the office and at the jobsite.
Limitless Computing, www.limitlesscomputing.com, Boulder, Colo., a provider of 3D mobile augmented reality solutions, recently announced its SightSpace Mobile Augmented Reality products now support SketchUp 2014. This news comes on the heels of Trimble, www.trimble.com, Sunnyvale, Calif., announcing SketchUp 2014 with expanded 3D warehouse capabilities and new tools to support BIM (building information modeling) workflows.
The news from Limitless Computing could be big for the construction industry going forward. With this suite of augmented reality products, construction teams will be able to visualize buildings, materials, fixtures, and more in the early stages of a project. What’s more, this can all be done on mobile devices, meaning construction companies can use the tech while walking the jobsite.
The company says the technology will allow users to communicate scale and context, save time and money, and close deals faster by bringing designs to real-world contexts. Some of the products additionally have external GPS for accurate AR and location markers for indoor use. The SightSpace View plugin can connect to any Trimble SketchUp digital model with a QR code for the mobile AR experience.
This is just one example too. Could augmented reality become more prevalent in the construction industry? Earlier this year, Gartner, www.gartner.com, Stamford, Conn., looked at the trend of augmented reality at the enterprise, and concluded that although the adoption of augmented reality in the enterprise is still in the early phases AR has matured to a point where organizations can use it as a tool to improve business processes.
For the construction industry the benefits are clear: enhance visualization in the early phases of a project, easily identify clashes, and communicate scope of a project with members of the team. As more solutions become available for AR, construction companies will have more opportunities to enhance processes at the jobsite.