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XYZ Reality and UCL have been awarded a Government grant to develop an augmented reality solution for the construction of UK hospitals

XYZ Reality developed engineering-grade augmented reality to tackle some of the most pervasive and costly issues facing the construction industry.

Its technology enables users to view hyper-scale BIM models on-site in real-time and to millimetre accuracy, making it particularly beneficial for projects with complex MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) services, such as hospitals or data centres.

This KTP will be delivered in partnership with UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction and Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), with support from UCL Innovation & Enterprise.

It will examine how engineering-grade Augmented Reality (AR) can help to bring complex construction projects in on-time and on-budget, using hospitals as case studies.

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.

‘Interacting digitally with the environment in novel ways’

Dr Grant Mills, faculty lead for health and associate professor, said: “Hospitals are complex construction environments because of the sheer range of MEP services involved. This often leads to clashes and errors in the build phase, and the need for expensive and time-consuming re-work.”

Prof Duncan Wilson, professor of connected environments in UCL Bartlett CASA, commented: “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’s founder and CEO David Mitchell, added: “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.

“I’m passionate about supporting the NHS, so I’m glad that this research will enable us to fully understand the benefits that our technology can offer these specific projects, and help those constructing UK hospitals to build it right, first time.”

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