Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Construction Projects

Mohammed Zaher, David Greenwood, Mohammed Marzouk

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This paper presents a new methodology for monitoring construction progress using smartphones. This is done by proposing a new system consisting of a newly-developed application named 'BIM-U' and a mobile Augmented Reality (AR) channel named 'BIM-Phase'. 'BIM-U' is an Android application that allows the end-user to update the progress of activities onsite. This data is used to update the project's 4D model enhanced with different cost parameters such as earned value, actual cost, and planned value. The 'BIM-Phase' application is a mobile AR channel that is utilised during construction phase through implementing a 4D 'asplanned' phased model integrated with an augmented video showing real or planned progress.

Current researchers have attempted to facilitate the process of monitoring construction projects. Classic practice for construction progress tracking relies on paper reports, which entails a serious amount of manual data collection as well as the effort of imagining the actual progress from the paperwork.

The results from the project are then analysed and assessed to anticipate the potential of these and similar techniques for tracking time and cost on construction projects.

The proposed system through 'BIM-U' and 'BIM Phase' exploits the potential of mobile applications and Augmented Reality (AR) in construction through the use of handheld mobile devices to offer new possibilities for measuring and monitoring work progress using Building Information Modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-166
JournalConstruction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


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