Site visits of the future: Augmented Reality
The augmented reality smart glasses can project information onto the inside of the lens of the glass to allow the wearer to see it while still seeing the real world. Our staff in the Dublin office is already using these glasses on a regular basis to confer with CDM Smith specialists while carrying out activities such as flood risk assessments, groundwater monitoring, Waste to Energy compliance monitoring and site walkovers. Staff at the site can easily connect to a co-worker at any office to provide and receive feedback as both people view the same images in real time and communicate via integrated headphones and microphone.
CDM Smith is using virtual design and construction (VDC) to connect designers, constructors, owners and operators with the right tools to bring projects to life before a shovel even hits the ground. With VDC, CDM Smith is helping clients to manage change, encourage collaboration and maintain goals throughout the entire project lifecycle.
These models make it easier for the people involved to relate to a project. Moreover, it is possible to visualise contractors’ work as well as the cost associated with that work. Abe Nejad describes this technology as “the future of construction industry” that enables both contractor and client to successfully deliver a project within estimated time and cost frame.
CDM Smith uses innovative technologies to deliver smarter, better connected and more integrated infrastructure. We work to pair clients with the right tools to overcome barriers, eliminate costs and strengthen relationships on projects of all sizes.