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State-of-the-art analysis of the integration of augmented reality with construction technologies to improve construction safety

Hesam Khorrami Shad (School of Built Environment, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Kenneth Tak Wing Yiu (School of Built Environment, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Ruggiero Lovreglio (School of Built Environment, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Zhenan Feng (School of Built Environment, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 16 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore augmented reality (AR) applications in construction safety academic literature and propose possible improvements for future scholarly works. The paper explicitly focuses on AR integration with Construction 4.0 technologies as an effective solution to safety concerns in the construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

This study applied a systematic review approach. In total, 387 potentially relevant articles from databases were identified. Once filtering criteria were applied, 29 eligible papers where selected. The inclusion criteria were being directly associated with construction safety focused on an AR application and AR interactions associated with the Construction 4.0 technologies.

Findings

This study investigated the structure of AR applications in construction safety. To this end, the authors studied the safety purposes of AR applications in construction safety: pre-event (intelligent operation, training, safety inspection and hazard alerting), during-event (pinpointing hazard) and post-event (safety estimation) applications. Then, the integration of AR with Construction 4.0 technologies was elaborated. The systematic review also revealed that the AR integration has contributed to developing several technical aspects of AR technology: display, tracking and human–computer interaction. The study results indicate that AR integration with construction is effective in mitigating safety concerns; however, further research studies are required to support this statement.

Originality/value

This study contributes to exploring applications and integrations of AR into construction safety in order to facilitate the leverage of this technology. This review can help encourage practitioners and researchers to conduct further academic investigations into AR application in construction safety.

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Citation

Khorrami Shad, H., Tak Wing Yiu, K., Lovreglio, R. and Feng, Z. (2022), "State-of-the-art analysis of the integration of augmented reality with construction technologies to improve construction safety", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-07-2022-0151

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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