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Task specific information visualizations using head-mounted display technology

Busker, B. (2016) Task specific information visualizations using head-mounted display technology.

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Abstract:Various industries (e.g. car assembly, order picking, etc.) adopted a Head-Mounted Display (HMD) as information carrier to enhance the effectiveness of their practitioners using task specific instructions. However, the construction industry has yet adopted this technology. The objective of this research is therefore to determine if construction practitioners can work more effectively using a HMD compared to the traditional paperbased information carrier. The investigated case study is a modular HVAC assembly task at one of the major construction firms in the Netherlands. This research conducted field observations and interviews with assembly experts over a period of six months to determine the information need of the site assemblers. Subsequently a Serious Game was developed using the Unity 3D game engine to simulate the assembly process including the information needs. The game compared the traditional paper-based information carrier to the HMD by simulating two scenarios. Based on the results of the players and the interviews afterwards, this research was able to conclude that site assemblers can be provided with more effective instructions using a HMD as information carrier than the paper-based alternative. The assembly speed increased, and significantly fewer mistakes were made when players used the HMD as information carrier. In addition, this research confirms the results of previous studies that people prefer receiving instructions through a series of information visualizations rather than one instruction (e.g. construction drawing) encompassing all information.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Construction Management and Engineering MSc (60337)
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