Guest Contributor: George Georgiou, Epitessera Architects
The consortium met last month in Nicosia, Cyprus for the last plenary of the project. As we are approaching the end of the project, the focus has been on testing the developed prototypes and prepare for the final review in Brussels.
Apart from the interesting discussions in the meeting room, the team visited one of the Pilot sites in Nicosia, namely the under construction new Newham Building at the English School Nicosia.
During the site visit, the interest was to test the whole ACCEPT system, using the available functionalities on a real construction site. For this purpose, a number QR codes were placed in strategic points throughout the site and were used to scan and display different kinds of information to the users.
For example, a QR code with predefined tasks was placed at a certain point on a wall. A worker, using the smart glasses (Epson Moverio 200) then scanned the code and displayed a list of his daily tasks. After completing his designated tasks for the day, the Site Manager could confirm, by using the SiMaApp, if the scheduled work was executed as planned and log the production of the day.
In the Dashboard, a diagram showing the productivity values was then created from the collected data from the site and other responsible parties with relevant access to the system, could follow the project progress and identify any problems and consequently take corrective measures. For instance, if a scheduled task was delayed or a certain activity was not completed due to specific problems etc.
The feedback both from the ACCEPT team members and the construction personnel has been very positive and everyone could realize the benefits that this tool can bring into the day to day construction tasks in the field.
The BIM Explorer, another powerful tool developed in the scope of ACCEPT research, was also used to test its functionality, and identify any problems that need attention on a real construction site. BIM Explorer leverages the Tango framework and especially the integrated sensors, to download a digital BIM model of the building and display it on the screen of a Tango enabled handheld device. The user can then navigate in the field, in Augmented Reality environment and compare the digital model with the actual construction or see the completed building on-site even before its completed. Although BIM explorer is yet under prototype development, the results were quite positive. The team was satisfied from the field test of the tool and some further potentials were identified as a result.
Concluding the plenary, the consortium decided to focus their next efforts on the preparation of the final project review in Brussels, which is due for the end of this November. As it was evident from the field tests, the ACCEPT system can leverage the integrated functionalities on multiple platforms and devices, wearables, handhelds, tablets, desktop PCs etc. to achieve effective Quality Control and provide the necessary tools to a construction team on the field to help them improve their productivity, become more effective and more importantly ensure that the building quality is maintained.
It was evident after the field tests that the best way to demonstrate the system’s strength is through predefined use case scenarios which could combine all the ACCEPT components. Thereby the team now focuses on defining those use cases which could effectively leverage the available functionalities to demonstrate the full potential of the system.