With interactive Virtual Reality training, researchers want to make construction sites safer. In the construction sector, accidents are too frequent. Fortunately, thanks to the collective efforts of workers and employers, working methods and means of prevention have improved over the years.
- Virtual Reality as a Training Tool
Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment. VR is already being used in various areas, such as education and training (use of flight or operational simulators).
Virtual reality is revolutionizing the ability to prepare people for use on a new construction site. A VR glasses put the user in the environment of his future construction site. Accessories such as special gloves or remote controls offer the opportunity to change the virtual environment. Headphones with matching sounds ensure that the illusion of the construction site is perfect.
Immersion in the computer-generated world makes it possible to represent falling objects, a fire outbreak, or different weather conditions realistic. In this way, potentially dangerous situations can be simulated and also trained. Security experts use the information gained to incorporate occupational safety measures into the planning from the outset.
- Right on the Spot with Augmented Reality
The augmented reality is understood as linking a virtual computer world to fact. This technology is already being used today in the field of video games. Drones will be able to use advanced technologies embedded in various instruments like safety cones, stop lights, and stop signs.
The use of smartphones or tablet apps, as well as AR glasses, opens the way for the purpose of AR on the construction site. Construction planners and construction workers can see on-site what’s behind plastered ceilings, walls, and floors, and whether building elements are in place.
The smart helmet is also an innovation that makes work easier and increases safety on the construction site. The intelligent mask informs about blueprints and possible security risks. Since 72% of all accidents in the construction industry are due to carelessness, the use of this technique will increase safety.
- A Digital Revolution
The tools used on construction sites have not only become better in the past decade, but they have also become smarter. Many tools such as the humble torque wrench now come digitalized, so workers can see precise measurements as they work in real time. With greater precision during the build process, building sites are becoming safer and the end result is less prone to defects and faults. This can save money as there is less need for remedial work, because the construction team got it right first-time.
- The Future of the Construction Industry
IoT, A.I., and V.R. have arrived not only in reality but also on the construction site.
Since every building is digitally planned and created through the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the data you need already exists. The use of VR and AR will facilitate work on construction sites, improve accident prevention and thus provide greater safety.