Virtual reality is an emerging technology which has the potential to revolutionise on-site orientation and promotion of construction to the public. The use of cutting-edge technology will improve the image of the industry by showing that construction is at the forefront of innovation.
See the examples below for how one site implemented virtual reality:
- The contractor developed what is believed to be Ireland’s first VR 4D construction sequence on a racecourse project in County Kildare.
- They used the HTC Vive VR Headset to access the 4D Construction sequence “Synchro model” of the racecourse redevelopment in a virtual reality model in which the user can walk the site and see the construction sequence right before their eyes in first person.
- The sequence was first introduced at a construction exhibition open to the public, construction companies and students/potential industry entrants.
- Virtual reality also has a use on site, as the sequence can be used to help orient staff and help the workforce understand the overall project and their role within the development.
- The virtual sequence complements the site’s use of Building Information Modelling (BIM), which allows the project model to be viewed in the correct build sequence, by allowing users to walk through the project as it develops to identify any potential risks or hazards and to extract information.
See the document below for further information:
Virtual Reality Construction Sequence
Monitor report. John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd. County Kildare. February 2018.