The Vision Network, a mix of academics and industry experts, conducted a study into the levels of adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in the UK’s Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sectors. A mixed research method was used to analyse the collected data, and to identify and prioritise R&D opportunities. The results of this study are presented in this report; which intends to inform a future research agenda.
AR and VR, or “immersive technologies” as they are also referred, have the potential to change all types of visual communications dramatically. Immersive technologies are of great and broad interest in the UK. In 2018, Innovate UK, Digital Catapult and the MTC have published a series of reports on the influence of AR&VR technologies for the UK economy. The reports indicate that immersive technologies are fuelling a nascent and dynamic economic sector focused primarily in the entertainment sector. Huge benefits can be gained in the manufacturing and construction sectors, but the levels of adoption and commercial solutions are not as developed. The Vision Network conducted a more granular study to obtain a defined picture of the current landscape and to identify R&D opportunities that will accelerate the adoption of immersive technologies in the AEC sectors
Davila Delgado, J. M. (2019). Vision network: Augmented reality and virtual reality for digital built Britain