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The future of AI and mixed reality in construction in 2022


With ever-evolving technologies, the future is looking bright, and the future of construction is no exception, says Andrew Skudder, CEO of RIB CCS

What we have seen over recent years is a surge in technological advancement – from things as simple as digitisation of records to more complex things like building information modeling. With these advancements comes the opportunity for optimisation of productivity and profitability within the construction process.

So, let’s take a closer look at two of the technologies with the most potential for this optimisation: mixed reality and artificial intelligence (AI). We’ll cover what they are, how they’re used, and the benefits they pose for the construction sector in 2022.

Mixed Reality in Construction
Mixed reality refers to the merging of real and virtual worlds. Virtual reality and augmented reality are, in essence, “mixed” to create the mixed reality. For example, using glasses or a screen, you can see the real world with digital elements or information.

It takes augmented reality one step further by allowing the user control over the real and virtual elements in an environment and allowing these elements to interact.

So, you don’t just see the digital elements and real ones at the same time. You can merge the two. This creates the mixed reality wherein the world you are seeing is neither real nor digital; it is both.

Use cases for mixed reality
Mixed reality can, of course, be used in a construction setting. Think of the vision you have for your construction site. Previously, 3D models and physical plans could help you to envision what things would look like.

Now, with mixed reality, you can see and experience it, and even adjust it in real time. Using special glasses, people can make changes to their construction plans, and experience a world where their vision comes to life.

What are the benefits?
What’s great about using a mixed reality view on your construction site is that you can pick up on problems you wouldn’t be able to see using normal 2D blueprints and planning. Your proposed elements are all digitised, and you can see how they would coexist with reality.

The future of mixed reality in a construction setting, then, is a bright one. In 2022, using products like the iTWO lens can mean a more efficient, interactive experience with your proposed plans.

AI in Construction
We’ve all heard of artificial intelligence, and we know that it is being integrated into almost every sector in the world these days. AI, in a nutshell, is the use of a machine to do certain tasks that would previously have needed a human’s input.

AI is performed using a ‘smart machine’. For a general example, think of simple record logging. Instead of manually logging each bit of information into a system, you can use artificial intelligence to do it for you.

AI is a way to make things go faster and to alleviate human workload, and it’s evolving and developing every single day.

How can it be used?
There are many ways to use artificial intelligence in a construction setting. For example, MTWO comes with an AI assistant – McTwo. McTwo communicates through Voice Assist and Chatbot functionality. It uses all the data in your systems to suggest improvements to enhance your processes.

This cuts out the middleman and makes it far easier for data to be analysed and optimised. You can also use artificial intelligence to make decisions on construction sites – decisions that are programmed to be as informed as possible.

What are the benefits?
There are multiple benefits to using artificial intelligence. It can improve crucial things like safety, and allow your teams the time to focus on the things that AI can’t do. It helps managers and workers alike by supporting them and making their jobs easier.

The future of artificial intelligence is exciting, as we are constantly seeing new developments and improvements. In 2022, expect to see it emerging even further.

It’s clear that 2022 and years to follow will see a big surge in technologies like artificial intelligence and mixed realities.

Because the construction sector is so big (and so important), you can expect to see these developments embraced. After all, technology plays a big role in our world today and there are multiple ways it can benefit this specific industry.

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