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CE Awards 2020

UK specialist contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering has been shortlisted in the Constructing Excellence East Midlands and North East Awards 2020 for its innovation in VR technology to create new experiences within the ground engineering industry.

Finding ways to visualise and engage with ground engineering techniques can be challenging – everything our specialist industry does is underground or soon covered up. The new virtual reality application makes it possible for our users to experience ground engineering techniques in a more dynamic and accessible way than ever before, and this is what makes it really unique.

The Application

Developed in partnership with 3D technology and software development studio Luminous Group, the VR application lets users traverse through different zones, allowing the user to take a closer look at the rigs and machinery used of Aarsleff’s sites, along with experience the ground engineering techniques that are delivered on their sites every day – both above and below ground.

Users can view the mini table top view of the Aarsleff world, explore their virtual reception, and fly down into the world to interact with the five different techniques, from driven piles to soil nails, drilling and grouting and restricted access piling.

The application is built on the latest Unity games engine using the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets which provide a full immersive and natural interaction with six degrees of freedom and high-quality visuals.

Addressing the Skills Shortage in Construction

With over half a million workers set to retire over the next 10 years, the VR application was designed to address the growing skills shortage in the construction sector with the view to help attract the next generation of digitally native gamers into the industry.

Aarsleff showcased its VR application at the 2019 Newcastle University recruitment fair where students had the opportunity to experience ground engineering along with learn more about the company’s graduate and placement vacancies. Aarsleff also showcased its VR application to primary school children at the Lincolnshire Construction Week in October 2019, where it engaged 10 & 11 year olds about the different career paths within the construction industry.

Sustainability Award

Centrum Pile, Aarsleff’s sister company and manufacturing facility in Newark, Nottinghamshire was also shortlisted in the CE East Midlands Awards for the green initiatives it has implemented in the production of reinforced precast concrete piles. Read the full article about their shortlisting at: https://www.centrumpile.co.uk/green-initiatives-shortlisted-in-regional-awards/

More about CE

Constructing Excellence is a not-for-profit organisation charged with improving the performance of the UK construction industry for the benefit of its clients and stakeholders. The CE is split into regional bodies who carry out activities and events, including annual awards. Find out more about Construction Excellence at https://constructingexcellence.org.uk/