We are nearing the end of the year, which makes it a great opportunity to look to the year ahead. Thus, we are in the middle of a blog series, looking at predictions for 2022 and beyond. In this series, we have looked at general technology trends and the digital infrastructure needed to enable it all. Today, let’s narrow in on specific technologies that will likely impact construction in 2022—if they aren’t impacting your business already.
In the early days of consumer computing, once the monster was let out of the academic cage and allowed to roam free in homes, offices, and factories, there was a flurry of companies that became known as the TLA group: three letter acronyms. IBM and DEC were the leaders but SUN (actually Sun Microsystems, but usually known as just SUN) was also part of the club.
Today, TLA most often stands for two letter acronyms: AI, (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning), AR (augmented reality), VR, (virtual reality), and several others. Shorthand for some of the more advanced technologies, these TLAs are growing together into a coalition of confusion. What are they? How do they interact?
Augmented reality, or AR for short, isn’t real, not in the sense of what you are seeing is really there. What you see is a replica of reality, augmented by technology to make it seem real. And in the era of work-at-home and remote working, using augmented reality to replace being where the activity is really taking place is a benefit.
The AR market can be broken down to consumer and enterprise or professional categories. Each has companies with products to offer, sometimes crossing over and covering both segments. The consumer side is better known, as ABI Research documents in a new study: Augmented and Mixed Reality Market Data: Devices, Use Cases, Verticals, and Value Chain.
AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (mixed reality) have been around, especially in the consumer and gaming market, for years, but construction firms are beginning to realize the benefits that these technologies have to offer.
AR (augmented reality) is beginning to grow in popularity for a number of industries including construction.
Residential construction continues to get a boost with new technology, especially with the growth of emerging technology such as AI (artificial intelligence), AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and so much more.
Are the days of standard hard hats and safety glasses behind us? Will they soon be infused with data that help make decisions about projects?
I always pause when I hear about new emerging technologies—because quite candidly, technology only brings value if it solves a critical business problem.
Emerging technologies—wearables, AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, digital twin, and more—continue to proliferate the construction industry. Companies need to be aware of what technologies are coming—and which are a good fit for the jobsite.