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Aarsleff invests in virtual reality

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Aarsleff Ground Engineering has invested in a virtual reality room to develop the knowledge and skills of its estimators and engineers.

Based in Aarsleff’s head office in Nottinghamshire, the virtual reality room – now known by its employees as the ”Vroom” - uses 3D simulation and data mapping technology to bring project drawings to life.

Currently, the technology helps estimators in their project proposals, allowing staff to visit project sites, observe site access points to determine appropriate rig type, and see the surrounding environment before ever having to step foot on site.

Aarsleff has teamed up with UK 3D technology and software development studio Luminous Group to develop a virtual reality application where users will be able to experience and interact with the ground engineering specialist’s disciplines.

According to the firm it will include the stabilisation of a slope with ground anchors and soil nails and the installation of a steel sheet or king post wall, to the driving of a precast concrete pile and the filling of an abandoned coal mine with drilling and grouting.

In addition the new application will allow Aarsleff’s existing customers and potential clients to understand the process on site.

The benefits are hoped to be three-fold say Aarsleff. The customer’s confidence in the product should increase as should they feel part of its production process, new employees will benefit at induction and existing staff members can be inspired by exemplary experiences within the workplace.

Aarsleff managing director Kevin Hague said: “In embracing VR, we also hope to tackle the challenge that ‘young people are not interested in construction’ by rolling out the virtual application at careers fairs and university shows.

“Students and aspiring engineers will be able to walk around on an Aarsleff site, helping them to understand several ground engineering disciplines and learn about the machinery operated on site - all whilst in a safe and engaging way”

Luminous Group founder Ben Bennett added: “We’re delighted to be working with Aarsleff Ground Engineering, they’re a terrific company who are ahead of the curve in embracing virtual reality for their sites.

”We’re just at the beginning of our journey with them and it’s great that they’ve already identified so many potential areas that our technology can aid them with, and there’s no doubt there are likely applications that haven’t even been thought of in the industry yet. VR really is the future of several sectors and construction is certainly one of them.”

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