RealWear and Autodesk collaborate to offer Assisted Reality solution for construction project management

In Augmented Reality News 

September 30, 2021 – RealWear, a provider of assisted reality solutions for frontline industrial workers, has recently announced that it has successfully collaborated with Autodesk to integrate Autodesk Construction Cloud with RealWear’s flagship HMT-1 assisted reality hands-free HMT-1 device. RealWear added that global construction company Permasteelisa is adopting the solution for its teams.

“Running BIM 360 on a RealWear device will be a gamechanger, keeping us on the cutting edge of technology and innovation,” said Gordon Earle, Group Operations Executive, Permasteelisa Group. “We are excited to deploy the devices to empower and retain our best workers by outfitting them with a full solution that will make them safer and more productive, delivered by two of the leading technology players in the field.”

Permasteelisa Group works across the engineering, project management, manufacture, installation and after-sales service sectors. Some of the most prestigious contemporary architectural works in the world were led by the firm, including the Sydney Opera House, Eight Spruce in lower Manhattan, The Shard, the Guggenheim Museum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA.

The RealWear HMT-1 device is a ruggedised head-mounted assisted reality wearable that RealWear states will give construction workers real-time access to information and expertise, while keeping their hands and field of view free for work. RealWear devices are compatible with worker Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and feature a swappable battery pack for sessions of extended use. 

With the joint solution, construction teams running the new BIM 360 app for RealWear will have hands-free access to project documents, plans, and models, and  will be able to to pull up and control BIM 360 on the RealWear hands-free device using simple voice commands while maintaining full situational awareness and keeping their hands unoccupied for work. 

The solution also helps to replace traditional document or tablet-based workflow management solutions, such as clipboards, and eliminates the need for workers to remove their PPE gloves to operate touch screens. Instead, construction teams can snap a RealWear device to their hard hats and view a micro-display that appears like a 7” tablet without obstructing their view. Users can also take HD photos using the RealWear device’s front-facing camera.

“Connecting people to their jobs and each other is essential in today’s digital economy. We’re excited about teaming up with Autodesk to enhance worker productivity and safety with assisted reality,” said Rama Oruganti, Chief Product Officer, RealWear. “This integration will accelerate the digital transformation of the construction market, empowering frontline workers with a human-centered, assisted reality wearable that allows them to reach their full potential, while protecting their safety.”

“It’s no secret that construction is labor intensive,” said James Cook, head of integrations at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “The BIM 360 and RealWear integration delivers one jobsite simplification that enables construction teams to remain focused on the task at hand so they can work smarter and more safely.”

For more information on RealWear and its assisted reality device offerings, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: RealWear

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