The model appears on whatever surface the user is looking at,
from a table or floor to the ground at a worksite.
Finally, virtual reality may also be used to view and walk
through 3-D scaffolding models. To do this, users access the
app on their mobile phone, find the drawing they would like to
view, choose the VR option within the app, place the phone
inside the Scaffold Viewer Lens device, and then hold the
device up to their eyes. Users are visually immersed in a
different reality, in which the scaffolding may be viewed but
actual physical surroundings are not seen.
The utility of this app is threefold: it allows designers to
showcase models to project owners to win bids; it allows
contractors and workers to view a model prior to construction
to visualize the end product; and it allows an entire team to
view a 3-D model so that potential inaccuracies can be
identified prior to construction, thereby reducing rework and
improving worker safety.
One long-time user of Scaffold Designer and Scaffold
Viewer, Niles Plant Services of Bay City, MI, saw a positive
impact after implementing Avontus’s products. Mike O’Keefe,
the company’s Vice President of Scaffold Operations, noted
that Scaffold Viewer: ••Improves scaffold erector responsiveness to project needs,
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both in the planning/estimating stages as well as when
scope changes arise unexpectedly; ••Ensures that project requirements are met by the access
solution before the build takes place. This way, the erected
scaffold meets project needs on first build, avoiding costly
delays and modifications. Company leaders and operations
managers can virtually walk through a design from all
angles before it’s built; and ••Ensures erection crews can work efficiently from the same
detailed vision, minimizing labor costs and delays that
arise from miscommunications or equipment shortages.
“Viewing models in Scaffold Viewer helps identify
clearance issues, distance from walls, and other issues of
concern,” O’Keefe said. “For people who aren’t sure how
you’re approaching a project or how it’s going to function in
real-time, being able to walk them through a virtual build is
fun and gives them the opportunity to see what it’s going to
look like before it’s built.”
Avontus has made instructions on Scaffold Viewer’s
various uses readily accessible. To get started, a video
explaining how to use the app’s augmented-reality function
can be viewed at www.avontus.com/scaffold-viewer. Other
videos showcasing Scaffold Viewer’s mixed-reality uses are
available at https://avontus.wistia.com/projects/26whqgzs86.
––Avontus Software Corporation, www.avontus.com
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