Typically, Upskill talks about augmented reality (AR) use cases in manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and field service. However, we also see the opportunity for AR to impact the construction industry, where it promises to help train workers faster and close the skills gap. To dive deeper into the use of AR in construction, Upskill CEO and co-founder, Brian Ballard, joined Peggy Smedley on a recent episode of Construtech TV.
Brian says that the “visual impact” of AR is a gamechanger for the construction industry. Through AR-powered smart glasses and headsets, workers can visualize CAD drawings, for example, superimposed on the real world. This provides a greater understanding of the task at hand (where does the next rivet or brick go?) and what the finished state should look like. With this information available in real time, AR is driving a more intelligent, connected workforce.
While these capabilities are intrinsic to AR software, hardware also plays a key role in AR adoption. Construction use cases involve outdoor, rugged environments, so the hardware must reach certain level of maturity to operate effectively in these settings. The hardware and software are two of the key pieces that Brian sees coming together now to drive AR adoption in construction.
So, what is the biggest benefit of AR in construction? Referring to AR’s ability to train and upskill workers faster through real-time, instructional information, Brian says, “If you have an awareness of what should be done, you get it right more often.”