Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are technologies of utmost importance for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sectors as the built environment is intrinsically associated with three-dimensional (3D) space and AEC professionals rely heavily on imagery for communication.

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Virtual reality, augmented reality, or CGI? Which is best to visualise a major development in Australia? Or anywhere in the world.

While it may seem fresh to some, immersive technology has been supporting the dance between architects, engineers, and construction teams for over 30 years. It has become industry standard, and is integral to the success of major infrastructure projects.

The stages from design to real world development are inherently three dimensional. They should be visualised – and planned that way.

That’s where virtual reality and augmented reality come in. Streamlining communication in a visual and interactive way – bringing a project from concept to reality has never been easier.

When implementing major infrastructure projects such as railways, underground transport, and airways – there is no room for error. Everything has to be exactly to code.

Virtual reality and augmented reality amplifies the ability to identify problems throughout the design process, and solve them easily. Conduct safety inspections and identify hazards virtually on construction sites, improving the standards, and crunching the timelines.

Impress clients with top line presentations using computer generated imagery (CGI) and animations that bring your idea to life, in distinct and intuitive ways.

The free-flowing and informed dialogue these technologies facilitate with corporate stakeholders allows for relevant voices to be heard, expectations managed, and then exceeded.

AR and VR are the future of construction, they play a pivotal role.
Worker’s safety training, defects management, quality management, projects scheduling, data collection, safety & logistics management, project progress evaluation, and more are conducted by AR and VR tech in the modern construction process.

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Meaningful Benefits of Immersive Tech in Major Infrastructure

  • Encourage stakeholder engagement & aligning expectations with tangible final designs
  • Identify the consequences of design decisions, increase understanding of the entire development design process
  • Efficient design reviews with stakeholders and partners, great visuals make for speedy signoffs
  • Provide construction team support, ensuring quality planning and progress monitoring throughout development
  • Construction Safety is one of immersive tech’s major benefits, provide safer working environments with hazard identification, safety inspection, and education
  • Operations Support using augmented reality will ensure that workers are safe, informed, and productive
  • Train employees on any equipment or process imaginable, in the safety of a controlled environment
  • Collect individual data on training progress.

Augmented Reality for Major Infrastructure

Augmented reality is one of our premiere services we provide for the construction and engineering industries, it consolidates a mix of real world and virtual reality components. Aiding in time management, scheduling, quality assurance, and data acquisition. With a diverse range of capabilities, augmented reality has you covered.

Creating an augmented reality where you can see the before, and potential after, of a project is helps all parties contextualise the plans. Overlaying what can be, on what is, has a powerful effect on stakeholders.

Viewport designs custom animations, visualisations, applications to suit your business, slipping right into your timelines with ease.

Augmented reality can generate concrete information about design, component parts, and machinery for significant time and expense savings. Also, AR can be applied to 3D designs showing various configurations to view the product as one would in real life.


Virtual Reality for Major Infrastructure 

Virtual Reality allows construction teams to immerse into a new dimension (a potential project) with a real world feeling. During construction projects, problems often arise directly related with employee or business capabilities, capacities and knowledge levels. VR technologies can put everyone on the same page, to truly experience a project before production is commenced.

Virtual reality (VR) technologies are used as an essential tool for worker training, safety management system, progress tracking, labour management, defects management and so on. Solving the problems before they arise, in real time.

“Many benefits are drawn from VR in [major infrastructure developments], like saving time and money at different stages of product development. But the gains are not just quantitative, but also qualitative like improving process and product quality, fostering innovation mindset and refining the worker’s skills.”


Success with Immersive Tech in Major Infrastructure


Since 2019, Viewport has worked on over $1M of 3D Visualisation Services directly related to rail for the Western Australian METRONET project. We have completed works on 16 large scale separate construction, redevelopment or expansion projects for rail, working closely with Coniglio Ainsworth, McConnell Dowell, Georgiou Group, Arcadis, BG&E, CPB Contractors, Downer and CIMIC, among many others.

For these rail related projects we have delivered over 100 high-resolution images, over 20 high definition animation projects totalling over 60 minutes worth of content, including a range of high quality completed construction fly-throughs for public consumption, and a massive selection of complex 4D animated staging sequences for stakeholder and community engagement. On top of this our team has also created a range of disruptive technology solutions for community engagement, such as AR and VR. 

Our highly experienced team is well versed in communication and terminologies with all client side disciplines involved, our well documented systems and processes for importing and optimising complex design files from a range of sources is extremely advanced, and we thoroughly understand the importance of the narrative in these forms of media when used for public or stakeholder consumption. 

To this date we continue to work on and win additional tenders related to rail projects, expanding our client base and continuing to deliver content that is far above the standard being delivered around Australia for these forms of work.