Aarsleff Ground Engineering is working with tech firm Luminous Group to develop a state-of-the-art virtual reality room to enable clients to virtually visit their construction site.
The room will also be used to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of the firm’s estimators and engineers. At Aarsleff’s head office in Newark Nottinghamshire, the VR room, which is now known by its employees as the ‘VROOM’, uses three-dimensional simulation and data mapping technology to bring project drawings to life. Currently, the technology aids estimators in their project proposals, allowing staff to visit project sites, observe site access points to determine appropriate rig type, and see the surrounding environment before ever having to step foot on site.
Aarsleff Ground Engineering has teamed up with leading UK 3D technology and software development studio Luminous Group to develop a virtual reality application that will enable Aarsleff’s clients to ‘virtually’ visit their construction site. Users will be able to experience and interact with the ground engineering specialist’s disciplines, from the stabilisation of a slope with ground anchors and soil nails and the installation of a steel sheet or king post wall, to the driving of a precast concrete pile and the filling of an abandoned coal mine with drilling and grouting.
Soon, the new application will allow Aarsleff’s existing customers and potential clients to understand the process on site. The benefits are hoped to be three-fold. The customer’s confidence in the product should increase, as they should feel part of its production process, new employees can benefit from an engaging induction and existing staff members can be inspired by exemplary experiences within the workplace.
Aarsleff managing director Kevin Hague said: “In embracing VR, we also hope to tackle the challenge that ‘young people are not interested in construction’ by rolling out the virtual application at careers fairs and university shows. Students and aspiring engineers will be able to walk around on an Aarsleff site, helping them to understand several ground engineering disciplines and learn about the machinery operated on site, all whilst in a safe and engaging way.”
Ben Bennett, founder of Luminous Group, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Aarsleff Ground Engineering, they’re a terrific company who are ahead of the curve in embracing virtual reality for their sites. We’re just at the beginning of our journey with them and it’s great that they’ve already identified so many potential areas that our technology can aid them with, and there’s no doubt there are likely applications that haven’t even been thought of in the industry yet. VR really is the future of several sectors and construction is certainly one of them.”