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Considering AR for Property?

08/06/2021

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Following on from our previous articles where we explained what Augmented Reality is, and the benefits it can deliver to the Property Industry, this article will teach you all you need to know about what you need to look for when choosing a company for your Augmented Reality applications by answering the following questions: What are the purposes of implementing Augmented Reality into the Property Industry? And What should you look for in a company when considering implementing Augmented Reality for Property? Keep reading to find how to get the most out of Augmented Reality for Property to help you #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

WHAT ARE THE PURPOSES OF IMPLEMENTING AUGMENTED REALITY INTO THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY?

We discuss in our incorporating AR into Property article that Augmented Reality (AR) technology can be implemented at all or various stages of your project. The phase you incorporate AR all depends on what purpose you want AR to serve, as each project and company will have individual and different needs and requirements. To help you understand how AR best suits each stage, we have listed several purposes below:

1. ENHANCING PROJECT PLANNING AND VISUALISATIONS

Adopting AR into the early stages of the planning and design enables designers, architects, builders, property developers to visualise the end-product in great detail. Even when the project hasn't even physically constructed yet, AR can help all relevant parties in the beginning stages to better-informed design decisions, adjustments and catch any concerns early on:

  • Insurance that the project aligns with the clients' requirements
  • Ability to identify any issues and concerns early on to avoid delays and downtime in the long run
  • The understanding of the impact and value the project will have on its surroundings
  • Allowance of any changes and adjustments to be made before any construction begins
  • Optimise design plans with accurate measurements
  • Improvement of collaboration between all relevant people

Combining AR and [Building Information Modelling](/blog/what-is-bim/" class="white--text">Building Information Modelling") (BIM) also gives everyone involved in the project access to all the data in a centralised location to increase workflow and collaboration. You can learn more about the benefits of BIM and why you should implement it into your projects by clicking here.

2. ONSITE ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Long gone are the days of carrying around a pen and paper as AR wearables like the Microsoft Hololens enable workers to walk around the building site and input and access information. AR wearables will allow workers to work efficiently and safely to capture photographs, review documents, share information, compare work to BIM to identify if requirements match and things are going according to plan.

Onsite access to information can also improve safety in the workplace. For example, when construction begins, AR provides the ability for you to monitor equipment and the building site, enabling you to see what machinery is in use, keep note of the availability of resources and track progress. Using a specialist mobile application, you can receive real-time information and see overlaid additional data by pointing at an object to learn more about it. Its current status helps detect any real-time issues, reduce errors and lower costs and time.

3. LOCATE HIDDEN ELEMENTS

Working underground and with hidden elements can pose many risks, such as damaging a gas pipe or cutting through electrical cords you didn't know were there. AR technology reduces the risks since it can determine where hidden elements are and allow you to view blueprints by installing sensors or markers outside or inside of assets where information can be accessed using QR scanners.

4. SUPPORTS QUALITY CONTROL

Property developers, surveyors, inspectors and builders can use AR technology, especially when it comes to quality control. For instance, AR technology can be helpful for new builds and buildings not fully constructed. Simply open up the specialised application and point at a plot you want to interact with, and you can view what the property would look like when complete and view elements that don't exist in the environment. In addition, having the enhanced visualisation allows you to make side-by-side comparisons ensuring you that what is currently assembling matches the plans and requirements you have. The comparisons enable you to make adjustments as soon as possible if things aren't aligning to avoid making costly mistakes.

WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A COMPANY WHEN CONSIDERING AUGMENTED REALITY FOR PROPERTY?

Now that you understand the benefits and how you can implement AR to your Property Development projects, it's time to consider what you should keep an eye out for when considering hiring a company to make AR applications for you.

1. ARE THEY EXPERTS?

It might be worth taking note of how long the company has been providing software solutions. The number of years could be equivalent to the years of experience the company holds and has developed in the field. Even better if they are award-winning since then, you know you won't be hiring amateurs.

2. ARE THEY FULLY INSURED AND APPROVED?

With many scams and fraudulent businesses, it is good to do your due diligence and check that the company is registered and covered. If you're still unsure, you should reach out to the company and ask them to provide you with evidence of Public Liability coverage that is the minimum of £5 million, insurance. Viewing the company's website could also help you to view their portfolio, reviews and case studies to make sure they are legitimate and have experience.

3. IS THERE FULL BIM INTEGRATION?

We mentioned in a previous article how [Building Information Modelling](/blog/what-is-bim/" class="white--text">Building Information Modeling") (BIM) improves efficiency, collaboration and workflow as it allows everyone on the project to view information of a project in a centralised location. BIM Level 2 is mandatory for government construction projects in the United Kingdom and various other countries, it is critical to check if the company you are considering can create an AR application integrated with BIM.

4. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO THEY USE?

You want your Augmented Reality applications to be as data-rich as possible, so you offer the best user experience. To avoid hiring amateurs, you should look for a company that uses industry-specific equipment and has years of experience in using the equipment plus the software required. A company that is well equipped may also be able to offer extra layers of information to embed into your applications, such as a whole range of photography and videography, since they have a selection of equipment.

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