Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Augmented and Virtual Reality on Construction Jobsites"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology
Project Description:
Historically, the construction industry has been slow and reluctant to adopt new technology. Many construction managers drive to the jobsite using modern technology, only to revert back to 1970’s technology while managing work on the jobsite. However, this trend is quickly shifting. Augmented Reality and virtual reality has already made its appearance in construction. By using an application on a smart phone or tablet, viewers can superimpose dimensions, building information models, and other items directly on the viewed space. Based on the 2015 Construction Technology Report released by JB Knowledge, construction firms are now adopting new technologies at an unprecedented rate. In addition to software, the construction industry is advancing its skills with cutting-edge construction tools like 3D Laser Scanning, BIM, drones, and AR/VR wearable tech. To stay competitive and profitable in today’s market place, construction companies focus on the use of technology in the acquisition, analysis, and distribution of important information. The dilemma, of course, is how the modern constructor is to know which mixed reality tools and processes to invest in, when almost all of them come with claims of enhanced productivity, faster information flow, and worker safety.
Expected Student Contributions:
Our team will investigate ways construction contractors will benefit from using augmented & virtual reality to manage the actual reality of the construction process (safety, information flow, and productivity) on real-world jobsites. Furthermore, we will evaluate potential limitations of the technology in actual jobsite conditions.
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Desired Qualifications:
Students studying in a construction-related major, such as Construction Management and/or Computer Graphics
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Jenkins, James
schl of construction management technolo

Student Supervisor

James L Jenkins
Associate Professor

Cooperating Faculty

Clark Cory