Augmented Reality Communication on Active Construction Sites: A Pilot Study Exploring Non-Technological Factors

Rita El Kassis, Steven K. Ayer, Mounir El Asmar, Pingbo Tang

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Abstract

The construction industry requires effective communication between project stakeholders in various locations, which has traditionally been facilitated through in-person site visits or phone calls. These methods can lead to wasted time driving to remote sites for in-person visits or misunderstandings from omitting critical site details on phone calls. Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential to enable a consistent understanding of site conditions provided through in-person meetings with the efficiency of phone calls. However, the majority of studies exploring AR in construction present results from controlled implementations or laboratory environments. Conversely, this investigates AR calls between practitioners on active construction sites to identify factors and behaviors relevant to successful use of AR in real workspace. Furthermore, interviews with participants enabled the authors to understand the perceptions of the practitioner participants that may have guided their behavior. The results helped explore about six drawbacks of AR application in real workspaces and their associated solutions. Manipulation, color of annotation feature, and the time needed to upload large files are examples of the experimented drawbacks. Practising, training sessions, and the use of other available colors for annotation are explored solutions to overcome some of the revealed drawbacks. By altering their behavior and with more practice and repetition, users overcame some of the explored challenges. These findings will inform researchers and practitioners interested in using AR to effectively support communication on construction projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Applications, Automation, and Data Analytics - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1202-1211
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483961
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Computer Applications, Automation, and Data Analytics, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 12 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Computer Applications, Automation, and Data Analytics - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume2-B

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Computer Applications, Automation, and Data Analytics, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period3/9/223/12/22

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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