Remote visual inspection system: what application for building industries?

3 Agosto 2020

Here are the possible industrial building uses of the Remote visual inspection system.

Inspection processes are a vital part of any construction project and exploiting augmented reality only enhances this process by creating the remote visual inspection system.

From the smallest dwelling to the tallest building, road scheme or bridge, inspections need to be undertaken on a regular basis throughout the project to ensure compliance with building regulations and specifications as well as monitoring health and safey issues.

These inspections are carried out by both internal and external inspectors and Augmented Reality (AR) technology is the ultimate tool for today’s building industries.

How does augmented reality improve building inspection processes?

augmented reality applications in industry of building

If you are wondering about augmented reality applications in industry, in the next few lines you will find the answer you are looking for.

As one of the more straightforward of inspections, the regular checking that any work undertaken is complying with plans and specifications can be a complex and protracted.

However, augmented reality gives the inspector the ability to overlay the original structural drawings directly over that of the actual building. They are able to move through the building as they normally would and the AR overlay will move along with them.

Thereby giving the inspector an in-depth visual graphic from which they can instantly see any discrepancies in the physical characteristics of the structure that may have occurred in the building process.

This is both quick and cost-effective as it eliminates the need for time-consuming measuring and charting.

Read also: How augmented reality can improve the remote inspection camera experience

The comparative power of AR in building inspections.

One innovation that is of use with AR, particularly if an inspector is having to undertake frequent inspections for damage assessment, is change detection.

This is an interactive and visual application that allows the inspector to overlay previous inspections and to ascertain if there have been any changes from previous inspections.

For example, on a precious inspection an inspector may have detected a minor fault in the building. He made the decision to monitor this fault during subsequent visits.

As each inspection is carried out, even by a different inspector, they are able to overlay previous inspection information and annotated areas of concern as well as any new information or modifications.

Augmented reality allows you to see the installations inside the walls.

Augmented reality allows you to see the installations inside the walls

The beauty of using AR in the construction industry is that it can see, quite literally, through walls. Imagine, if you will, that your inspector is out on-site and is carrying out an inspection of the heating system that has recently been installed.

Our fully integrated AR remote wearable solution allows the user to digitally peel back the walls, floor or ceiling material exposing the heating ducts and systems as multi-layered information through the visor on the helmet.

Basically, AR allows inspectors, as well as your engineers, construction workers and designers and planners to have sci-fi movie X-Ray vision to provide them with a full-scale 3D environment.

Read also: Remote visual inspection: 3 ways to give (and get) more data using AR

The advantages of using augmented reality technology in building inspection.

In today’s building industry there are many instances where the construction project is being undertaken in difficult, hazardous or adverse conditions.

There could be instances where it is dangerous for the inspector, limiting their walkthrough inspection.

If you are needing to carry out inspections on a site where there is the potential for hazardous conditions, then AR could be your answer to safety issues.

It is possible to have your AR reality devices configured to detect and/or to highlight those areas with flammable or combustible substances or even explosive dust.

It is also possible to use AR as a training tool for those inspectors who may need to work in adverse weather conditions. They can train in a safe environment that can simulate those high winds, driving rain or blizzard conditions that they may encounter out in the field.

Inspections cannot come to a halt, causing work to come to a standstill just because of the weather. Time is money and down-time has a double cost – in loss of productivity and any penalties encountered through missing deadlines.

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