by Franziska Wegele

November 14, 2017

Wearables Are Pushing Forward the Construction Industry

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a big trend in the construction industry. BIM captures the whole lifecycle of real estate, an industrial building or the infrastructure around it – from the scratch to the maintenance, and over the next decade. Before anyone starts to work in the real environment, the whole project is captured and designed in 3D. Every cable, every element, and even the energy consumption is figured out by a collaborative database. Of course, using VR and AR solutions to visualize the 3D models has a huge impact on the daily work of the AEC industry.

We had the chance to speak to Wolfgang Walcher, Co-Founder and CEO of Robotic Eyes and exhibitor at BIM World MUNICH 2017, the leading event for BIM and the digitization of the construction industry in the DACH region.

WT: In a nutshell – Why should we use Wearables in the construction industry?
WW: I see two areas where Wearables may provide significant benefits to the construction industry. Construction is inherently dangerous and physically demanding, very often under harsh environmental conditions. First, monitoring environmental conditions, health parameters, and overall activity may help detect unsafe conditions. Secondly, tracking location and movement of workers (as well as machinery and moving objects) allows us to sound the alarm if danger zones are penetrated. In combination, those applications of wearables could significantly increase worker wellbeing and reduce the number and severity of injuries and accidents.

WT: You are offering an AR solution for holographic visualization of 3D house designing. Along the supply chain of the building lifecycle, who can work with it and what are the benefits? In addition, from your point of view, what are we yet to see in the future?
WW: Today, Holographic Visualization and Augmented Reality are almost exclusively used in design and planning, as well as marketing and sales of real estate, predominantly for larger projects. We also see a strong demand for using our products for public outreach, presentation and communication of project plans to government officials and regulatory agencies. As technologies mature, we already see a strong demand for using our technology during construction and later for facility management purposes. With companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft investing heavily in lower-cost consumer hardware, one can expect a progression towards smaller construction projects in areas like interior design, landscaping, etc.

WT: What are you showcasing at BIM World MUNICH 2017? Where can the visitors find you?
WW: At BIM World, we officially introduce REX – the Robotic Eyes eXplorer. Rex is an end-to-end workflow for visualizing 3D plans as holograms using Microsoft one or Hololens, iPhones and Android Smartphones simultaneously. REX is free for small datasets and very affordable for commercial use. Robotic Eyes will be giving live REX demos at Stands 2-3. Visitors with REX installed on their phone will receive a free phone accessory!

Many thanks for your thoughts Wolfgang!

BIM World MUNICH takes place on the 28th – 29th of November at the ICM International Congress Center at the Munich Tradeshow. For further information www.bim-world.de