The Perception of Virtual and Augmented Realities in the Construction Industry in Washington State


Kevin Ramsey

Faculty Mentor(s)

Hongtao Dang (Other)


The construction industry has a slow rate to adopt new technology with resistance to change and lack of research and development within the construction corporates. Virtual and Augmented Realties (VARs) have shown some practical applications in construction such as educational training, clash detection, project coordination, immersive visualization, and virtual project walk-through or flyover. Few construction companies use VARs in the pre-construction and construction phases because of unknown perceptions and benefits from project stakeholders. This paper investigates in the perceptions of VARs in the construction industry through survey questionnaires. The authors used a sequential explanatory approach. The approach took the advantage of mixed methods. The authors first sent a survey to collect data from general contractors that are members of Associated General Contractor of Washington. The survey includes 20 quantitative questions using the five-point Likert scale. Then, the authors conducted interviews to collect qualitative data. The collected data help understand the perception of VARs in project planning, development, construction, operation, and maintenance phases. The results inform advanced industrial practices and future research developments on virtual and augmented realities. The results also reveal that there is a lack of training and education on advanced construction technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities.

Keywords: Construction, Technology, Virtual Reality


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