VR Interface Helps Workers Spot Errors

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Robison Wells
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Engineering News-Record reports on a new trend that is saving time, money, and lives. For inexperienced workers, virtual reality interfaces are helping to spot errors before they become significant. In fact,the report says that construction workers with less than three years of experience are able to double their ability to spot design errors using a 3D model.

And according to the Construction Industry Institute,workers with more than three years experience were able to see an improvementin their error rate, though the difference was not as dramatic as that of newer workers.

Another team of researchers focused on the building sector developed the Design Quality Leading Indicator Tool to manage design error risks and prevent rework. “Using the CII tool, you can anticipate problems,prevent future performance issues, and provide better building maintainability,” said Carol Corr, interim director of risk management for Kaiser Permanente.

VR in construction helps in two major ways. First, it helps to spot errors and compare plans to existing construction. Second, it helps streamline collaboration, giving people on different sides of the country a chance to “see” a project still in design, in mid-production.

Finally, VR helps build confidence in customers as they can visualize the project before design is completed and they can sign off on changes with their eyes wide open.

Read more at ConstructionEquipment.com

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