Augmented reality trials underway in UK

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Morrison Utility Services and Eurovia UK have teamed up for a trial of augmented reality technology in the water sector.

Morrison Utility Services (MUS) is trying out Augmented Visualisation of Underground Services (AVUS) technology on its Thames Water and Yorkshire Water contracts.

The technology belongs to Eurovia, a subsidiary of French construction giant Vinci.

MUS engineers are using AVUS to plan and manage works by mapping and viewing underground services in 2D or 3D augmented reality (AR) via smartphone and tablet screens, before the digging starts.

AVUS is designed to reduce survey costs and reduce the risk of underground service strikes. It also adds to the accuracy of underground service data that is maintained over time.

The technology identifies pipe location to within 5cm and captures geospatial information of services before reinstatement.

Read more at The Construction Index