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Wilmott workers use mobile phone app to see through walls

Wilmott Dixon workers are testing an app on their mobile phones that uses augmented reality (think Pokemon Go) to help manage tasks, deficiencies and safety

Willmott Dixon has been testing the Dalux Field app on four different construction projects ranging in size from £4m to £25m.

The app, which shows a mix of reality and 3D construction models (think Pokemon Go) is designed to help contractors better manage tasks, instantly capture safety issues, and improve collaboration

Danish technology firm Dalux claims that 40,000 construction workers worldwide are now using the Dalux Field app, which uses augmented reality (AR) on both Android and iOS smartphones.

Willmott Dixon’s digital manager, Andrew Gamblen, said: “The workers on site are excited. Even though not all are using it every day, they still check each time something has been installed and see if there are any issues. They no longer have to run back and forth to the office.

Dalux co-founder Brent Dalgaard added: “Earlier, it was only one type of Android phone that could show augmented reality. Now it is open to a huge workforce, so we expect to see augmented reality spread fast in the construction industry.”