A Soluis Group-led consortium has secured £1 million of funding from Innovate UK to develop an Augmented Worker System (AWE), pioneering the use of virtual and augmented reality for the construction industry.
The system will enable the intelligent design, construction, maintenance and whole-life value of buildings, supporting construction and infrastructure growth. AWE will also realise significant value from Building Information Modelling (BIM) and will target a 25 per cent reduction in cost, 25 per cent reduction in waste, and increased productivity of 30 per cent for projects.
Soluis Group will work with partner organisations that will add considerable skills, knowledge and connections in the industry. These include, Pinnacle Business Solutions, an information systems consultancy; Carbon Dynamic, an innovative world leading modular timber building construction company; two High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres – the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
The group will create an Augmented Worker System (AWE system), which will help companies in the sector with the intelligent design, construction, maintenance and whole-life value of buildings. AWE will also realise significant value from Building Information Modelling (BIM) by targeting a 25% cost reduction, 25% decrease in waste, and 30% increase in productivity on projects.
The funding was awarded by Innovate UK as part of Infrastructure Systems competition which aims to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. The project will launch on September 1st.