6 Applications for Augmented Reality in Construction

SHANE HEDMOND | April 25, 2019

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Augmented Reality is often thought of as an interesting new twist on video games, but, in reality, it has some great potential for solving some common problems in construction. BigRentz, a construction equipment rental company, recently shared an infographic of 6 applications of AR in construction.

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