How VR Is Changing the Construction Industry
People have been talking about virtual reality for decades. And while it’s been mostly science fiction, today, VR is a real and powerful tool proving to be a game changer for many industries, particularly construction. Let’s see how.
VR allows clients to get a realistic 3D view of their project, allowing them to evaluate it from every angle and make changes before construction begins. This improves outcomes and customer satisfaction and will enable designers to spot design flaws before construction begins, thus reducing the chances of cost overruns. It’s estimated that today’s VR technology can reduce building costs by up to 90% and save the construction industry up to $15.8 billion by preventing mistakes and mishaps during construction.
VR can simulate complex tasks and operations before workers attempt them in the real world. This helps them to become more familiar with the project and know what to expect, reducing mistakes and potential injuries. VR can improve safety by simulating working at heights, operating heavy machinery, or dealing with hazardous materials. When workers successfully complete these tasks in the virtual world, they’re more confident when working on-site.
VR technology allows teams to work together in a virtual environment, regardless of where they’re located worldwide. This will enable stakeholders like contractors, architects, and clients to review designs at each step of the way and make decisions without having to be physically present on the job site. Moreover, VR and its sister, augmented reality (AR), allow workers to speak with people off-site who can guide them through complicated situations if they arise.
A well-trained worker is a safe and efficient worker. And using VR as a training tool allows construction companies to train workers on various tasks, like operating machinery, assembling equipment, and following safety procedures without team members being present in a classroom or a traditional training environment. This saves time and money because you don’t have to rely on training workers on expensive equipment or on mock job sites, which saves time and money.
VR opens up a world of possibilities for construction companies that are physically located far away from a job site because it allows better coordination. Traditionally, contractor representatives had to travel to job sites, which is costly. Now, they can coordinate and communicate with people on-site using VR technology, giving them greater reach and more business opportunities.
Anyone in the construction industry will tell you that jobs are constantly in flux, making it challenging to maintain timelines and keep the project on schedule and budget. Using virtual reality and 3D models and getting updates in real-time allows management to monitor changing conditions to react and adapt, which can significantly reduce delays instantly.
Improved Customer Satisfaction
Imagine walking around a completed house or building before it’s built. As a customer, VR gives you this opportunity, which means you’re less likely to be disappointed with the outcome because you can note changes you want to be made before work begins.
Finally, VR technology allows contractors to create detailed project timelines and identify potential scheduling conflicts to make changes, keep everything running smoothly, and meet deadlines.
As you can see, VR technology is revolutionizing the construction industry and will only get better as it advances and becomes smarter. And, as AI becomes more prominent and capable, it will soon mesh with VR to give it unlimited potential.
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