Mixed Reality for Construction: Applicability and Reality

Digital tunnel

This is the sixth article in the Precision Construction series, which explores the application of the Internet of Things to digitally transform the construction industry.

July 22, 2019
A. Vincent Vasquez - Construction Executive

One technology available to the digital contractor for mapping what’s happening in the physical world with the 3D models is mixed reality. Mixed reality often includes both augmented reality and virtual reality.

Preconstruction Phase
During the preconstruction design phase, mixed reality can be used for a number of tasks, such as:

  • conducting design iterations;
  • communicating designs to owners;
  • visualizing the impact of design changes;
  • discovering design and coordination clashes; and
  • mocking up virtual interior designs.

Mixed reality can also be used to create marketing material, such as a virtual showroom. Imagine being able to show a potential client what the building will look like. For example, the client, wearing mixed-reality glasses, can see the physical neighborhood with the building or can take a virtual “walk” through of an apartment before it it is even completed.

Reprinted courtesy of A. Vincent Vasquez, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


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