Augmented Reality for Roof Tiling
New house building is facing a huge skills shortage, with the sector currently unable to meet customer and Government demand for 300,000 new houses year on year. It is important for the supply chain and SMEs to work with their clients in order to meet these targets, with offsite manufacture seen as a way to increase productivity, and improve standards of health, safety and quality assurance.
AIMCH project partner, Forster Roofing, part of the Forster Group, is a small medium enterprise (SME) and Scotland’s largest integrated roofing and solar company, covering one-in-five new homes in Scotland. Recognised for its innovative approach and commitment to excellence, Forster works extensively with industry and government bodies to raise standards and drive change. At Forster, innovation sits at the heart of a strategic approach to sustainable, long-term growth, and the search for solutions to industry challenges, including quality, productivity and an integrated low carbon energy future.
Forster Roofing’s new AR solution for roofing has both significant benefits productivity and quality. This project has shown that it is clearly feasible from a technical and practical standpoint.
The outcomes of the project could allow similar SME contractors within the construction industry to see the benefits of this technology. Forster Roofing’s new advanced roof tiling solution proves that it will be possible for workers to have a complete solution to assist the roof measurement, configuration and roof tiling process making use of AR technology that is easy to use and fits in their pocket.
The next stage for Forster is to take this proof of concept and develop a full AR solution prototype.