The company XYZ Reality has designed 3D imaging technology that shows construction workers an augmented-reality representation of building plans and blueprints. The technology is intended to help contractors and subcontractors avoid costly errors, particularly those involving complex mechanical and electrical engineering issues.
3D imaging technology developed by Irish company XYZ Reality is being used to speed up construction of a massive new “hyperscale” data centre in Denmark. Construction giant PM Group is currently using XYZ’s new HoloSite technology in building the vast processing centre and says it’s working on a policy of “build it right first time” with the tech.
XZY’s tech is essentially a hard hat with built-in goggles. Those goggles have a digital screen that can overlay a 3D representation of the original plans and blueprints for the building on to what the person is actually seeing, an augmented-reality (AR) image. The theory goes that, by doing so, it’s easier to see what should be built and where, and fewer mistakes and wrong measurements will be made. It also reduces the need for constant laser measuring as building proceeds.
Speaking to The Irish Times, Mark Gillett, head of mission critical at PM Group, said: “PM Group has been at the forefront of digital project delivery and the utilisation of BIM [build-in-materials technology] for more than 20 years. This has yielded huge gains in areas such as off-site construction assemblies, on-site co-ordination and more.
“Combining a detailed design model with XYZ Reality now gives our on-site construction teams instantaneous verification of the installed element during a complex build. The powerful visualisation and verification accuracy of installation brings an additional benefit right from the commencement of construction with assured benefits flowing right through the build sequence.
XYZ Reality has raised more than £7.6 million (€8.6 million) in funding from investors and government grants since its founding in 2017, and says that identifying out-of-tolerance construction after it has been built can lead to project delays and escalating costs, and this is particularly evident in phases involving complex mechanical and electrical engineering works. By using the imaging software to compare the original plans with the physical structure, on site and in real time, the plan is that delays and cost overruns can be avoided.