HoloSite brings engineering-grade AR to Denmark construction project

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Diarmuid O’Sullivan, construction director at PM Group, reveals that the firm has been using HoloSite for design and construction since the project’s launch

Quick read

➨ HoloSite integrates engineering-grade augmented reality into a safety-compliant, hard hat and visor
➨ XYZ Reality secured €5.7 million in funding last year to expand into new markets
➨ PM Group is using HoloSite to design and construct a data centre

The story

Described as the world’s first engineering-grade augmented reality product, HoloSite is being used to design and construct one of Europe’s largest, hyperscale data centres in Denmark.

PM Group, the international engineering firm overseeing the Denmark project, says its plans to deploy additional HoloSite units on the site as the build advances into more complex mechanical and electrical construction phases.

It is also looking to use the technology on other construction projects in 2021.

UK-based HoloSite developer XYZ Reality, which launched in 2017, secured €5.7 million in funding last year to expand into new markets as it moved toward a general release of the augmented reality solution, aimed at the architecture, engineering and construction sector.

HoloSite integrates engineering-grade augmented reality into a safety-compliant, hard hat and visor. The technology enables users to view full, BIM (building information modelling) models on site, in real time and within construction tolerances.

For the first time, construction teams are able to proactively prevent and identify early-stage construction inaccuracies, according to PM Group.

HoloSite is ‘unlocking significant productivity advancements on-site’

Diarmuid O’Sullivan, construction director at PM Group, reveals that the firm has been using HoloSite since the beginning of the project in Denmark, and “it is unlocking significant productivity advancements on-site”.

He continues: “It has allowed us to move away from a reactive approach to tackling errors, to a more proactive way of working, solving problems before they actualise as a cost.”

“It is great to work with innovators like XYZ Reality who really understand our needs. This technology is ground breaking and adds significantly to the AR and other digital technology we are using on our projects across the world.”

HoloSite facilitates “a high level of build accuracy, which is removing the need for constant laser surveying”, according to Coral Butler, BIM manager at PM Group. It is also helping the firm “to track and trend issues and make adjustments to keep the project on schedule”.

Butler adds: “Health and safety is always our key focus. HoloSite is enabling us to live stream the site, either on walk downs or for factory witness tests, reducing the number of people needed on site—which is particularly beneficial in light of the Covid crisis.”

David Mitchell, chief executive officer and founder of XYZ Reality, says: “Augmented Reality challenges many long-standing construction practices and shifts the industry to a more forward-thinking, proactive approach to building.”

“Having worked as a digital construction manager on some of Europe’s largest construction projects, I have witnessed first-hand how damaging it could be to take a reactive approach to tackling construction errors, but the technology wasn’t available to do it differently—I knew there had to be a better way.”

“My goal was to develop technology that supports a proactive way of working, and this is what we’ve been able to achieve with HoloSite— a product that enables construction teams to build it right first time.”

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Images: PM Group

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