Mixed Reality in the Construction Industry

Mixed reality is a way to experience reality and virtual elements at the same time. This technology has been recently made available for the construction industry. The Trimble XR10 is a customized hard hat with a built-in Microsoft HoloLens 2 that provides this valuable technology for construction by promoting worker safety and granting model data access on site. Trimble developed this product directly with Microsoft to provide an OEM product so companies can rest assured their warranty will not be voided by DIY solutions.

See in real time where your job site is going and prevent major issues from work being incorrectly installed in the field. 3D content comes into the real world from the screen with the XR10.

What Is Mixed Reality?  

Mixed reality is essentially a blend of real and digital worlds. Technology enables these worlds to combine via advanced visual software. Users can experience this hybrid virtual world through a headset or mobile device and interact with it, so the virtual and real environments are experienced simultaneously. When viewing this through special equipment, the difference between the two worlds can be difficult to distinguish.

One way to enter mixed reality is through holographic devices. A holographic device makes it seem as though digital objects and designs are actually present in the real environment. Users often wear these tools as goggles that merge the digital and real worlds. Holographic devices can also project digital content onto a display. The Trimble XR10 hard hat with HoloLens 2 goggles is an example of a holographic device.

Trimble XR10 Product Highlights  

The Trimble XR10 holographic device superimposes digital images and information over the real environment. This technology gives users the ability to interact with data and see it in real life applications.

The Trimble XR10 offers many features for your construction project, including:

→ Fully untethered, Windows 10 PC

→ Industry leading 43° field-of-view

→ 10-finger articulation and model interaction

→ Retina scanning and eye tracking

→ 3-5 cm onsite precision at 1:1 scale

→ 2-way audio up to 90 dB ambient noise (+Cortana)

→ 5-6 hours battery life

→ PPE certified with flip up visor, IP50

→ Drop test resistant 

Benefits of Trimble XR10  

Adding Trimble XR10 with HoloLens to your workflow will give you these advantages:

  • Streamline workflow: Mixed reality helps stakeholders and employees understand the work that needs to be done on the project.
  • Increase productivity: Your crew can use mixed reality to prioritize essential tasks and work more efficiently.
  • Minimize rework: Clients can better understand what the final result will look like using this technology. In addition, identifying problems with the structure in mixed reality prevents expensive and time-consuming rework on the real project.

Additional Information

You can review these resources for more information about reality technology:

XR10 Datasheet

MobiWAN Bone Conduction Datasheet

Trimble Mixed Reality YouTube Channel

AR/VR/MR Infographic

FAQs About Holographic Devices  

Here are some common questions our customers have about reality technology:

► What can you do with the HoloLens 2?

With the Trimble XR10 and Trimble Connect for HoloLens, workers can take advantage of the 3D modeling and workflow capabilities in these programs, such as:

  • Navisworks 
  • Revit
  • AutoCAD
  • SysQue
  • Tekla
  • SketchUp and more!
► What is the difference between HoloLens 2 and HoloLens 1?

The first, most noticeable difference is the field-of-view, which has expanded both horizontally and vertically, resulting in a total FOV area that is more than 2X that of HoloLens 1. The device also supports eye-tracking, 10-finger hand tracking and custom gestures to enable more natural interaction with holograms, including touch, grab, scale, pick up and more.

► How can my team use this equipment?

"What you see is what you build," without being experts on the model itself. The technology is enabling front-line workers to better access, understand and act on the information that is being provided to them via their investment in Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Construction companies can use mixed reality and Trimble XR10 headsets for applications such as:

  • Client walk-throughs: A virtual walk-through of the structure allows clients to see the final design. Completing this with mixed reality technology will give the clients a realistic sense of what the building will be like. They can provide you with feedback on changes before you start building, which saves time and money.
  • Remodel visualizations: You can use holographic devices during the remodeling process to compare the layout to the plans. This comparison can show what is concealed behind the walls and other structures.
  • Quality control: When used with 3D modeling software, mixed reality can help workers identify discrepancies in the building's design and quality issues with prefabricated components.
  • Worker training: Reality technology can be a training method for new and current employees. It allows new hires to experience various scenarios without actually being at the job site. For existing employees, mixed reality can be used as refresher courses or opportunities to further their knowledge.

Learn More About Mixed Reality From BuildingPoint SouthEast  

BuildingPoint SouthEast offers mixed reality products from Trimble for construction companies to improve productivity. We serve clients in the VA, Washington, D.C., GA, MD, NC and SC areas.

Complete our online contact form today for more information about how reality technology can benefit your construction projects.