ITcon Vol. 25, pg. 308-324, http://www.itcon.org/2020/18

A review of augmented reality applied to underground construction

DOI:10.36680/j.itcon.2020.018
submitted:June 2019
revised:May 2020
published:June 2020
editor(s):Amor R.
authors:Amr S. Fenais, Ph.D. Candidate
Civil Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University.
Email: afenais@asu.edu

Samuel T. Ariaratnam, Professor and Construction Engineering Program Chair
Civil Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University.
Email: ariaratnam@asu.edu

Steven K. Ayer, Assistant Professor
Civil Environmental and Sustainable Engineering, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University.
Email: steven.ayer@asu.edu

Nikolas Smilovsky, Instructor
The School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University
Email: Nikolas.Smilovsky@asu.edu
summary:Unintentional striking of underground utilities from construction activities often results in high economic consequences. Advanced technology and sophisticated visualization techniques such as augmented reality (AR) has the potential to play a significant role in mitigating such devastating consequences. To better understand the state-of-the-art technology of AR applications in the underground construction industry, it is important to identify challenges and barriers. This paper provides a systematic literature review of applications in the construction industry in general in which journal articles were reviewed, analysed, and summarized. Through this method, the main challenges associated with AR were revealed and feasible solutions were suggested. Issues were found with 1) data collection; 2) modelling and alignment barriers; 3) hardware limitations; 4) tracking; and 5) managing data. This research examined an efficient solution to the problems of AR by proposing a framework for future implementation with main applications in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
keywords:augmented reality, utilities, underground construction
full text: (PDF file, 0.62 MB)
citation:Fenais A S, Ariaratnam S T, Ayer S K, Smilovsky N (2020). A review of augmented reality applied to underground construction, ITcon Vol. 25, pg. 308-324, https://doi.org/10.36680/j.itcon.2020.018