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A research agenda for augmented and virtual reality in architecture, engineering and construction

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posted on 15.05.2020 by Juan Manuel Davila Delgado, Lukumon Oyedele, Peter Demian, Thomas Beach
This paper presents a study on the usage landscape of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, and proposes a research agenda to address the existing gaps in required capabilities. A series of exploratory workshops and questionnaires were conducted with the participation of 54 experts from 36 organisations from industry and academia. Based on the data collected from the workshops, six AR and VR use-cases were defined: stakeholder engagement, design support, design review, construction support, operations and management support, and training. Three main research categories for a future research agenda have been proposed, i.e.: (i) engineering grade devices, which encompasses research that enables robust devices that can be used in practice, e.g. the rough and complex conditions of construction sites; (ii) workflow and data management; to effectively manage data and processes required by AR and VR technologies; and (iii) new capabilities; which includes new research required that will add new features that are necessary for the specific construction industry demands. This study provides essential information for practitioners to inform adoption decisions. To researchers, it provides a research road map to inform their future research efforts. This is a foundational study that formalises and categorises the existing usage of AR and VR in the construction industry and provides a roadmap to guide future research efforts.

Funding

Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain 1041 (CDBB), under the Vision Network project via Innovate UK

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Advanced Engineering Informatics

Volume

45

Issue

August 2020

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/).

Acceptance date

14/05/2020

Publication date

2020-06-05

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1474-0346

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Peter Demian Deposit date: 14 May 2020

Article number

101122

Licence

Exports