XYZ Reality is bringing the HoloSite augmented reality system to complicated construction projects with the aim of getting them done on-time and within budget
➨ XYZ Reality and UCL have received a grant from UK Research and Innovation for the project
➨ They will examine how XYZ Reality’s HoloSite system can help to complete complex construction projects on-time and on-budget, using hospitals as case studies
➨ HoloSite enables users to view full, BIM models on site, in real time and within construction tolerances
Engineering-grade augmented reality, as UK startup XYZ Reality calls its HoloSite system for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, will soon be put to the test in a hospital building project.
XYZ Reality and UCL (University College London) have received a grant from the government funding body, UK Research and Innovation, for the project, awarded in connection with a government hospital infrastructure plan.
The grant comes in the form of a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP), a vehicle backed by public investment that partners private sector organisations on research programmes.
The KTP will see XYZ Reality work in partnership with UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), with support from UCL Innovation & Enterprise.
They will examine how XYZ Reality’s HoloSite system can help to complete large, complex construction projects on-time and on-budget, using hospitals as case studies.
These case studies will feed into XYZ Reality’s overarching aim to enable transformation in the construction sector through the demonstration of benefits, such as improving productivity and efficiency, reducing waste, and developing sustainable approaches.
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 system, aimed at the AEC sector.
HoloSite integrates 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.
The system is being used to design and construct one of Europe’s largest, hyperscale data centres in Denmark. PM Group, the international engineering firm overseeing that project, said earlier this year that it plans to deploy additional HoloSite units as the build advances into more complex mechanical and electrical construction phases.
Commenting on the UK KTP grant, Professor Duncan Wilson, of connected environments at UCL Bartlett CASA, summarises the project and what it means: “This KTP grant offers us an important opportunity to understand how AR can help different users interact digitally with the environment in novel ways, and by doing so improve productivity, and deliver time and cost savings.”
XYZ Reality founder and chief executive officer David Mitchell adds: “We’re thrilled to have been selected for the KTP grant and delighted at partnering with UCL on this project. Our engineering-grade AR technology is already being deployed on construction projects with the same levels of complexity as hospital builds, and I’m pleased to say that it is generating significant time and cost savings.”