A Survey Study to Understand Industry Vision for Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications in Design and Construction

05/06/2020 ∙ by Mojtaba Noghabaei, et al. ∙ 0

With advances in Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies have many potential applications in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. However, the AEC industry, relative to other industries, has been slow in adopting AR/VR technologies, partly due to lack of feasibility studies examining the actual cost of implementation versus an increase in profit. The main objectives of this paper are to understand the industry trends in adopting AR/VR technologies and identifying gaps between AEC research and industry practices. The identified gaps can lead to opportunities for developing new tools and finding new use cases. To achieve these goals, two rounds of a survey at two different time periods (a year apart) were conducted. Responses from 158 industry experts and researchers were analyzed to assess the current state, growth, and saving opportunities for AR/VR technologies for the AEC industry. The authors used t-test for hypothesis testing. The findings show a significant increase in AR/VR utilization in the AEC industry over the past year from 2017 to 2018. The industry experts also anticipate strong growth in the use of AR/VR technologies over the next 5 to 10 years.

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