The present construction sector is experiencing a new wave of digitization. “Disruption” is an oft-used word in construction industry nowadays. With the introduction of modern tools and technologies, the construction world is touching new heights. The advanced technologies like Drones, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D printing, IoT (Internet of Things) are efficiently reshaping the construction world to form a sustainable lifestyle for everyone.
In this article, we will visualize how the modern technologies, especially Virtual Reality (VR) is transforming the construction industry.
About Virtual Reality
Virtual reality was basically a tool to make video games more exciting and appealing. But, as the VR technology progressed, it was used for a whole host of other applications. Various industries are extensively using virtual Reality and one of the sectors significantly reaping from this shift is the construction industry.
Let’s discuss how construction industries have started using virtual reality in their work and how it has helped to improve their process and thus productivity.
Virtual Reality in Construction
Training programs have become more effective and engaging with the use of Virtual reality Let’s see how.
Working in this ever-evolving construction sector at times be very dangerous. So, it is equally important to train the employees effectively. Traditional training methods, which often involve hours spent in a classroom watching PowerPoint presentations. Also, the theoretical lectures won’t provide the necessary practical knowledge they need to keep themselves as well as others safe on construction site. This is where Virtual reality stands out.
Using VR, you can create simulations that allow trainee construction workers visualize realistic situations that can often be dangerous. Virtual reality construction simulations will enable workers to practice things such as handling tools and dealing with issues that they are likely to face in the workplace. Rather than giving a lecture of do’s and don’ts on actual construction site, the VR simulations help workers retain information more effectively.
The VR training programs also showcase workers the consequences if they put a wrong foot. For example, tedious crane operations or how they might fall from a height.
Benefits of VR in construction
Reviewing and creating construction plans using Virtual Reality
Well, construction projects require a lot of time and money. Thus, planning and scheduling play a vital role in every project. Therefore, these are the necessary factors before the start of actual building work.
Traditional construction workflow uses blueprints and plans. In this type of plans, you won’t be able to see specific problems with a building’s design. Hence, many issues are examined while building work is underway. It means plans need a change as well as re-submission of blueprints which causes a delay in work as well as productivity. With the onset of Virtual Reality technology, it is helpful for construction companies to avoid such issues as the technology allows to bring life to the plans before the start of actual construction work.
The clients, Architects and construction workers with the help of VR technology get a chance to view the completed building from every angle. Thus, they can spot any flaw in advance. Hence, Virtual Reality construction proves to be time-saving as well as a money-saving technology.
An Easy Collaboration Tool
Virtual Reality is also beneficial in planning a construction project with other team members across the country or even globe. Easy collaboration can be made using the technology for members who are working on the same project.
There are countless ways in which you can simplify the collaboration process. For example, easy collaboration among the team members can be made by involving them to meet in a virtual conference room. This is far more engaging than hosting a traditional conference call or email communication.
Additionally, Virtual reality technology also helps to plan a construction project for those who live far away from the site and might not able to see the building construction work. However, creating the construction plan using VR allows everyone right from architects, contractors or designers to virtually admire their work. They can also pinpoint any flaws or improvements before the start of actual building work, hence help to reduce the rework.
With its enriching abilities, virtual reality is transforming the way the construction industry works. It is the right time for your organization to adopt this technology and reap enormous benefits regarding construction productivity.