May 6, 2019

AR VR Technology

For nearly 20 years, Procon has worked across the construction industry aligning itself with technology to exceed client expectations, foster creativity, and most importantly increase safety to the leading industry in worker fatalities. In 2017, the Department of Labor reported that one in five worker related fatalities were in the construction industry. That is more than 14 deaths every day.

Having built a reputation for having an unwavering sense of responsibility for our employees and their safety, we have increased our efforts to educate the construction industry and its partners on the lifesaving benefits technology has to offer.

Using software to replicate a construction site, Procon is able to create a training program that places worker trainees in a virtual environment that allows them to interact with their surroundings. By utilizing virtual reality with live-presenter, online, and simulation training, various scenarios can be generated that mimic hazardous real-world situations without facing any actual dangers. These immersive scenarios can be used to practice and improve important safety measures, such as a proper harness inspection. This technology enables trainees to practice being 20 stories up and how to properly anchor or how to secure tools to prevent dropped object injuries, in a setting that is safe.

With the widespread use of Building Information Models (BIM), Procon has spearheaded initiatives to expand its value past one-time use models by integrating augmented reality to be used through the entire lifecycle of the building. Combining real and digital into one immersive environment, AR allows superintendents and designers to compare the physical work with the model to identify discrepancies, potential obstacles, and prevent expensive delays and mistakes. Increased training safety and engagement by implementing virtual drills, safety scenarios, and how to operate heavy machinery like cranes and boom lifts, has been enhanced by AR to create a holistic approach on facilities management. In addition, the technology is being used to keep inspectors “heads-up” and aware of their surroundings, ultimately helping them avoid dangerous collisions and trip-and-fall accidents.  

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been instrumental on construction sites in creating efficiency and preventing injuries and fatalities. Drones have been used to inspect remote sites for hazardous conditions, unstable structures, or difficult locations such as under bridges and high traffic roadways, without putting workers at risk. A drone can capture a bird’s eye view of the construction site and collect data through images, complete thermal inspections, and track progress against the CPM schedule, in a highly cost effective and time efficient way that keeps workers safe.

Safety continues to be a pressing issue in the construction industry and is weaved through every decision we make at Procon. It’s what drives us to be better every day and on every job.

We invite you to join the conversation on how we can unite to increase safety in the construction industry through technology. Contact us today by emailing Jason Lopez, Director of Construction Management,