01 September 2023
Construction, like many other industries, has experienced modernization and advancements in technology over the last decade. Technologies have revolutionized the way we design and construct buildings.
Of those developments, digital twin technology introduced the concept of not only seeing designs on a screen but being able to walk through and manipulate them as lifesize virtual experiences.
The integration of AR and VR (augmented and virtual reality) technologies has opened a new door for construction and design teams. They have enabled teams to streamline their workflow and speed up processes.
This article will take a closer look at digital twin technology in the construction industry, with a specific focus on augmented reality.
Before we delve into how to use this tech for construction, let’s cover what it is. A digital twin is a digital representation of an object. This digital version of the object can give insight into how it operates with other components and what it consists of.
It’s created using data from multiple sources (sensors, for example) BIM models, and historical data. Through the digital twin, project teams can evaluate the impact of design changes, increase productivity, and reduce rework.
The way it differs from BIM is that BIM is only a visual representation or modeling whereas digital twin technology allows users to interact with it virtually.
When constructing complex facilities and buildings, teams need all the information they can get their hands on. That’s why XYZ integrated the power of augmented reality, giving users the ability to layer a virtual model over the real world.
At XYZ Reality, we’ve taken visual modeling a step further. Our AR headset enables users to view their BIM models onsite, in real-time. Our project controls solution helps managers get better control of their entire project and track progress to minimize delay risks.
Not only does this give project managers and teams better insight into their designs (i.e., clash detection), it also helps teams to visualize the entire project scope, giving managers more time to make critical decisions.
Implementing a digital twin approach in your building process can be a daunting task. But we've broken it down into simple steps to help you get started.
The project scope will determine the kind of digital twin technology you need. For instance, residential buildings might not need advanced digital twin technology. A simple one will do.
However, for more complex projects like airports or data centers, you'll need a sophisticated digital twin to handle larger amounts of data.
The digital twin approach is a combination of team and technology.
Choose an effective team for your project. Your team should comprise individuals with different skill sets, including:
Technology-wise, make sure you choose a technology that simplifies your process.
There are two types of technological requirements: hardware and software. Hardware means sensors, IoT devices, BIM models, and servers. The specific software would include 3D modeling tools, data analysis tools, visualization software, simulation tools, and cloud solutions.
Imagine a way to streamline your design-to-delivery process that minimizes errors and rework. Or a platform that enables you to track timelines and recognize delays weeks in advance. With XYZ Reality’s software platform, AR tools and project controls solution, you can maximize your project timelines and your budget.
Through our project controls solution, construction managers can tag the project schedule to the components in the BIM model to gain insights on the specific trades teams involved. Managers get insight on the project progress and can identify potential delays weeks in advance.
Delays aren’t only inconvenient, they can be costly. With advance notice, managers can then allocate more resources to keep their project on track for completion.
Contact our team and see how we can help you build better today.
Your main job starts here. To create a digital twin, you first have to acquire data. There are two main ways to do it:
Next, you have to integrate the data to create a digital twin. Speaking of integration, this is where Building Information Modeling (BIM) comes into play.
BIM allows you to create and manage a virtual representation of a building's characteristics and functions. XYZ BIM is one such software that lets you transform your ''as-designed'' building into an ''as-built'' model to:
Once you have created the digital twin, it's time to test it. By testing, we mean taking the digital twin on a "virtual test drive." (Going to the construction site and checking if the digital twin matches the real blueprints or physical building.)
Once your design is created in BIM, you can use the Atom headset to overlay it on your construction job site. The Atom is XYZ Reality’s augmented reality technology that displays a holographic image of your 3D BIM model to scale. The AR engineering-grade headset helps teams visualize their designs and make edits and changes on the spot, with zero lag.
With this technology at your fingertips, you can detect clashes easily and build better the first time around. So, by the time you get to the building phase, your plans are ready to be built without the hassle of rework.
While creating a digital twin of a construction project has numerous benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges. Some common challenges that you may face include:
Our field engineers can help you deploy the Atom on your construction site so you can keep the pace and stick to your project timelines. This way you can be comfortable with your AR BIM models before attempting to integrate any digital twin technology.
Advancements in the modern construction landscape take place every other day. Teams have to stay on board to keep up with the changes.
XYZ Reality's technology enables you to integrate augmented reality into your construction process with ease. Its ground-breaking AR technology makes it possible to visualize and analyze your designs, allowing changes and updates real-time.
Book a demo to see XYZ Reality in action on your project.