How the Construction Industry Benefits from Augmented Reality

The latest American Institute of Architects study predicts that nonresidential construction industry spending in the U.S. will increase by 4% through 2019. The institutional sector is expected to grow by 4.5%, compared to 3.4% for commercial/industrial. The AIA report also found that public safety (5.9%), education (5.2%), industrial (4.9%), healthcare (4.4%) and office (4.1%) projects will see the most spending in 2019. With each year comes advancements to the construction industry, and we look at the top trend you should expect to see in the construction industry in 2019.

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Virtual reality has been an emerging trend in many industries over the past few years, but when compared to augmented reality’s uses and benefits, it quickly feels outdated. While virtual reality can only replace the real world through a simulated environment, augmented reality creates and enhances the replicas of the real world for a better view of the project as a whole.   


Accuracy is obviously very important in any industry, but especially the construction industry, where an inaccurate prediction can waste time and huge amounts of money and resources. AR gives the team a walkthrough of the entire project, with specific details down the exact measurements.


Real-time visualizations allow designers and architects to take the guesswork out of the equation, which allows them to not need to rely on manually recorded measurements or drawings. This leads to more efficient planning, and saves the time and effort of the team because they don’t need to build different design option plans.


Using AR, architects and designers can collaborate and analyze the space, oftentimes leading to better design. With AR, they can walk through the project, proactively catch any design flaws and make adjustments easily. Augmented reality takes the guesswork out of the project, which enables more accurate timelines and estimated costs.

Augmented reality is a huge technological advancement for the construction industry because it allows for a more streamlined approach in every aspect of the project. With AR, architects and designers are able to save time and money, while giving better design insights and accelerate the construction process.

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