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go inside of it to help customers make more informed decisions earlier in the bidding process, which saves both time and
money. This also allows companies to support their customers more collaboratively. Customers can feel more confident
in their decisions during the mockup process and participate
more actively in the planning stages. Much like gaming, VR can
already do a lot in this regard, so it's been easier for companies
to adopt.

THE PROMISE OF AR

AR, meanwhile, has the potential to be used more broadly, but
its intended use is more complex. With overlays of digital information over the real world, users can interact with their
physical environments, access and share information in compelling new ways and utilize actionable data in real time. For
construction, this means enabling workers not only to take the
technology into the field, but also to communicate the data
they collect with project managers and stakeholders who aren't on site.

WHILE VR CAN BE USED AS
A SIMULATION PROCESS,
AR CAN BE USED IN THE
ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION.
Enabling these capabilities will require hardware such as smart
helmets or smart glasses that can be worn in the field. Every construction worker needs to wear a helmet. The next logical step
is to apply AR glass technology to the equipment. And unlike
the consumer market, there's no need to consider the fashion
element for this application, which eliminates additional development hurdles; the primary goal is safety and functionality.
While VR can be used as a simulation process to inform the
building process, AR can be used in the actual construction
stage - both horizontal and vertical. Its capabilities have the
potential to guide workers on the jobsite with structural information, tool and process analysis and more. Because of these
applications, AR will be used much more intensively than VR
during the overall timeline of a construction project, which
can last months. However, implementing AR into construction
is no easy task.
Because AR requires complex software functionality and
compatible hardware, it's not quite ready to fit the needs of
construction companies yet. There are current limitations that
must be overcome, such as solving the interoperability challenge, optimizing 3-D modeling for high-end AR applications,
and addressing skill-set limitations - programs don't train
people for the same type of gaming tech used for recreating
virtual environments.

Still, although AR hardware development is further behind
than VR in construction, the Groundbreak panelists generally
agreed that AR will be much more valuable down the road.
One reason is because AR is more applicable for getting data
to the field, such as overlaying building information modeling
(BIM) representations and embedding data in real time over
maps and other areas of the jobsite. Enabling companies to
see what their workers see in the field is a fascinating concept
with numerous benefits.
Consider some of the many advantages AR can enable in
this context:
* Advanced training methods to test and prepare workers for
different jobsite conditions;
* On-demand equipment inspection and insights into building materials;
* Real-time safety and quality assurance in the field;
* Faster action time from project managers when contractors run into problems; and
* Advanced data accuracy of all project phases for cost and
time savings
In an industry as traditional as construction that is already
wary of adopting technology, introducing AR/VR when the tech
isn't fully ready could potentially set adoption back even further.
However, the potential gains are evident, and it's becoming increasingly likely that construction companies that don't adapt to
the times may risk falling behind the competition. )
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Dr. Eunseok Park is the U.S. general manager of uSens. Previously, he was the U.S. regional director for Samsung Advanced
Institute of Technology, where he managed research and development in emerging technologies. A collaborator on nearly 200
world patents, Dr. Park is the author of many articles published
for IEEE symposiums. He received his master's degree and PhD
in electrical engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA
from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. For more information, visit www.usens.com.
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