Augmented reality can ‘help construction attract workers’

By Andy Brown05 May 2022

Giving construction workers access to technology such as augmented reality (AR) will not only combat soaring resource costs, but help attract young people to construction roles, according to a report from GlobalData.

The report reveals that around 55% of construction industry executives surveyed by GlobalData in late 2021 intend to invest in AR within the next two years but one third have no plans to buy into the technology.

GlobalData expects the sector to grow from US$9 billion in 2021, to US$152 billion by 2030. Not only does this show its popularity as a product, but also its resourcefulness. Looking at the construction industry specifically, GlobalData’s report has identified several emerging AR use cases with huge potential.

Robert Penman, Analyst for the Thematic Research team at GlobalData, comments, “AR will be particularly useful during a project’s construction stage due to the sheer number of operatives that could use these devices. AR enables building models to be positioned on site through headsets or smart glasses, so they can be compared to the construction site. A user will easily notice errors before further work occurs, avoiding unnecessary rework and using additional expensive materials.

“The more complex mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) elements a project requires, the more the project will gain from AR.”

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