Over the past few years virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have infiltrated a number of industries and it seems construction, is the technologies latest venture.
In short, VR and AR are modern technologies that allow users to enter an immersive and computer simulated reality where they can replicate a desired environment.
This is an opportunity for advancement and innovation for the construction industry as these technologies can be used for both design and training purposes. The use of VR mainly, allows contractors, engineers and architects alike to pitch their ideas with a very realistic visual aid, in the form of a virtual walk through of the vision they have created for the structure. These visuals when utilized correctly will effectively communicate the plan the professional has for the structure and will prove to be a very persuasive pitch that allows the client to catch a glimpse of the finished product.
Another use for these technologies within the construction industry is to assist companies with safety training for their team. Virtual reality technologies allow workers to become virtually acquainted with the necessary machinery they will need to use.
So what are your thoughts on this topic? Should we rely more on technologies like VR and AR when it comes to construction or stick with traditional practices that have been effective for years? I guess only time will tell, but the opportunities these technologies present are intriguing to say the least.