Evaluating augmented reality technologies for the inspection of pre-fabricated concrete panels

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University of New Brunswick


The construction industry has been an earlier adopter of augmented reality (AR) technology, with hopes of improving the availability and precision of information systems. While this technology can provide advantages by making data visible in complex environments, it is unclear whether these technologies can provide benefits to task performance and whether they might present new challenges, like complex information display, the information displayed might not provide enough detail, or distracting users. The goal of this research is to investigate the efficacy of AR technologies and to compare two basic AR designs. This work employs a user study with 15 participants to measure the impact of AR technology on Situation Awareness, Task Loading, and Task Performance. The study results show that situation awareness was not affected negatively by AR technology and can lower perceived mental and temporal demands. Our results showed that AR systems can offer improved construction inspections.