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Augmented and virtual reality in construction: drivers and limitations for industry adoption

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posted on 21.02.2020 by Juan Manuel Davila Delgado, Lukumon Oyedele, Beach Thomas, Peter Demian
Augmented and virtual reality have the potential to provide a step-change in productivity in the construction sector; however, the level of adoption is very low. This paper presents a systematic study of the factors that limit and drive adoption in a construction sector–specific context. A mixed research method was employed, combining qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Eight focus groups with 54 experts and an online questionnaire were conducted. Forty-two limiting and driving factors were identified and ranked. Principal component analysis was conducted to group the identified factors into a smaller number of factors based on correlations. Four types of limiting factors and four types of driving factors were identified. The main limitation of adoption is that AR and VR technologies are regarded as expensive and immature technologies that are not suitable for engineering and construction. The main drivers are that AR and VR enable improvements in project delivery and provision of new and better services. This study provides valuable insights to stakeholders to devise actions that mitigate the limiting factors and that boost the driving factors. This is one of the first systematic studies to present a detailed analysis of the factors that limit and drive adoption of AR and VR in the construction industry. The main contribution of this study is that it grouped and characterized myriad limiting and driving factors into easily understandable categories, so that the limiting factors can be effectively mitigated and the driving factors potentiated. A roadmap with specific short-term and medium-term actions for improving adoption was outlined.

Funding

Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB)

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Journal of Construction Engineering and Management

Volume

146

Issue

7

Publisher

ASCE

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Publisher statement

This material may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This material may be found at https://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001844.

Acceptance date

12/12/2019

Publication date

2020-05-11

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0733-9364

eISSN

1943-7862

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Peter Demian . Deposit date: 19 February 2020

Article number

04020079

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