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The Effectiveness of AR (Augmented Reality) Technology in Acquiring Information on a Job-site Task

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Topics in Construction Education

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26.1524.1 - 26.1524.15



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Yong-Woo Kim University of Washington

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Dr. Yong-Woo Kim is an associate professor and P.D.Koon endowed professor of construction management at the University of Washington. His research interests include supply chain management, lean construction, and integrated project delivery.

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Wonil Lee University of Washington, Department of Construction Management

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Mr. Lee is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Construction Management, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. Mr. Lee's research interests include ICT Application in Construction, Occupational Safety and Health Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Serious Game, and Building Information Modeling.

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Ryan J. Eom Legend High School

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Ryan J. Eom participated as a student intern in the research activity at the lean construction lab of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. His interests include cognitive studies in engineering and education.

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The Effectiveness of AR (Augmented Reality) Technology in Acquiring Information on Job-site Task  Acquiring information from drawing and specification is one of fundamental skillsfor students in a construction-related domain. In many courses such as estimating inconstruction-related education, the skill of apprehending information from drawingand specification is critical. The skill is useful not only in learning their course worksbut also in communicating with field labor regarding directives.Augmented Reality (AR) is recognized as a effective user interface technology toenhance a user's perception by inserting the computer-generated information into theuser's real world experience. An AR-based prototype of task directives focused ondrawing and specification review was created for improving communication withfield labor. The prototype was applied in a classroom setting where graduate studentslearn about the task of pipe installation in a mechanical room.The research investigated students experienced AR system and assessed the user'sexperiences in apprehending task including interpreting drawing and specification.Three different surveys were designed and executed: pre-test survey, AR usability,the efficiency in delivering directives. The survey results were analyzed separately forcomparison between groups using paper-based drawing and specification and thoseusing AR group. The findings from experiments suggest that AR method waseffective in students' apprehending tasks including drawing and specification whencompared to the case where paper-based drawing and specification were used. Thealso show that the level of students' understanding was consistent when AR systemwas used while varied depending upon the skills of a frontline manager.

Kim, Y., & Lee, W., & Eom, R. J. (2015, June), The Effectiveness of AR (Augmented Reality) Technology in Acquiring Information on a Job-site Task Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24862

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