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PM Group Implements New AR Technology

By CIOReview | Tuesday, February 16, 2021

PM Group is deploying the new Augmented Reality (AR) technology to develop and construct one of Denmark's largest hyperscale data centers in Europe. 

FREMONT, CA: PM Group, the international project delivery company, is deploying the new Augmented Reality (AR) technology to develop and construct one of Denmark's largest hyperscale data centers in Europe. The PM Group uses the world's first AR engineering device, HoloSite, from XYZ Reality, a London-based company. During construction, the new technology helps to achieve substantial time and labor savings.

Retrospectively recognizing the construction of tolerance can result in project delays and cost increases, particularly in stages involving complex mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering work. In a safety-compliant, hard hat, and visor, HoloSite custom-integrates engineering-grade AR. The technology allows users to view on-site BIM models in real time fully and inside construction tolerances. Construction teams can proactively avoid and recognize early-stage construction errors for the first time.

Diarmuid O'Sullivan, Construction Director, PM Group, said: "We've been using HoloSite "¢ since the beginning of the Danish project, and it is unlocking significant productivity advancements on-site. It has allowed us to move away from a reactive approach to tackling errors to a more proactive way of working, solving problems before they actualize as a cost. It is great to work with innovators like XYZ Reality who really understand our needs. This technology is groundbreaking and adds significantly to the AR and other digital technology we are using on our projects across the world." 

"HoloSite" ¢ is facilitating a high level of build accuracy, which is removing the need for constant laser surveying. It is also helping us to track and trend issues and make adjustments to keep the project on schedule," said Coral Butler, BIM Manager, PM Group.  

David Mitchell, CEO and Founder of XYZ Reality, said: "Augmented Reality challenges many long-standing construction practices and shifts the industry to a more forward-thinking, proactive approach to building. Having worked as a Digital Construction Manager on some of Europe's largest construction projects, I have witnessed first-hand how damaging it could be to take a reactive approach to tackling construction errors, but the technology wasn't available to do it differently - I knew there had to be a better way. My goal was to develop technology that supports a proactive way of working, and this is what we've been able to achieve with HoloSite "¢ - a product that enables construction teams to build it right the first time."