Industry Report

Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)

In a world where projects are becoming increasingly complex and the pressure is on to reduce errors, cut back costs, and accelerate timelines, new technologies must be utilized to re-think the way AEC is done.


At Extality, we believe that technology is adopted first because of the "shiny coin" effect — many pilot projects and PoC's are spawned by an eager innovation manager — but real adoption of new technologies with true integration into mainline processes are driven by only one thing: results.

These are the most exciting case studies we've come across in our research.  We hope these examples inspire your firm to join these companies in the promising future of Mixed Reality.

  • Safety & Training

    Work instructions Use AR to create and document existing work procedures for training, leading to reduced time spent in training and reduction in time required to document work instructions, ultimately providing step-by-step visual and oral instructions in real time. Training simulator Use VR to allow workers to interact with a specific piece of equipment, like a crane or elevator lift; they can operate and service the machinery, and perform emergency procedures, while simultaneously collecting data on performance. Emergency scenarios Workers can practice mounting and dismounting ladders, handling tools, and run-through dangerous scenarios like scaffolding collapsing or putting on fall protection in high winds.

  • Installations & Inspections

    Maintenance and repair Contractors can complete their jobs more efficiently with hands-free access while working on installations and repairs. AR visual instructions will overlay on surfaces resulting in reduced service times and manual lookup of paper/electronic documentation. Inspections Elimination of paper and hands-free access with real-time data and information about the space being serviced. For example, inspecting pipes to ensure they meet regulations and nothing is missing. Remote experts and lowered carbon footprint Reduced time and travel to service a plant floor or specific piece of equipment, while optimizing efficiency and expert availability. Drones Overlay design plans on reality and the progress of a site to account for any major discrepancies in real time.

  • Collaborative Project Visualization and Customer Satisfaction

    Visualizing dataStakeholders from architects, owners, and engineers can all see floating data, charts, visualizations in real-time. Visualizing objectsStakeholders from architects, owners, and engineers can review complex, detailed objects collaboratively and apply markup. Remote viewingStakeholders from architects, owners, and engineers can join the meeting from off-site and participate remotely. Product VisualizationCustomers and potential clients are able to visualize sites and layouts, in the design phase or before completion leading to greater overall customer satisfaction and increased sales.

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Industry Use Cases

AEC, CRE and Building Materials
High-rise buildings under construction
  • Skanska’s VR training solution teaches workers how to inspect trenches, formwork, and other temporary works on construction sites. [link]
  • 3M - Offers VR construction training for fall protection for tools and welding safety. Trainees inspect a harness, connect self-retracting lifelines and protect tools from falling at height. Most importantly, they will experience these activities at height – but without the dangers of falling. [link]
  • Bechtel - Uses AR/VR for training crane operators, improving quality and safety procedures like lockout tagouts, and to visually communicate jobsite safety conditions to members of the project team [link]
  • MacDonald-Miller - Designed MLABs which offers clients the ability to experience their project before it’s even built through virtual reality. Customers can make structural changes in VR or change the finish of a floor and bi-directionally update the building model, enabling on the fly adjustments to a building’s design at no cost to construction [link]
  • Gensler - Using VR, clients can visualize their project ahead of time, offering a compelling sense of scale and spatial awareness that results in an accelerated design process.
  • DPR Construction - Uses VR for project pursuit, design development, MEP coordination/installation, safety and site logistics planning leading to increased stakeholder engagement, increased communication, resolved project challenges, and improved project predictability and outcomes. [link]
  • DIRTT - Uses a sophisticated technology that turns 2D architectural drawings into 3D models as well as AR/VR landscapes. The solution supports real-time design changes, with updated visuals, engineering, and pricing to create a truly immersive VR experience that allows clients to really visualize themselves in their newly designed spaces. [link]
  • McCarthy Building Companies - Clients are able to virtually tour buildings that only exist on paper and in the digital realm and can make changes to the design quickly without incurring the expenses of altering physical construction. [link]