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Interdisciplinary Research Leads to Reduced Construction Costs and Multiple Awards
August 2, 2012
Mani Golparvar-Fard, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, has developed an augmented reality modeling system that automatically analyzes physical progress on large-scale construction projects. The system allows a contractor to determine whether a project is on, ahead or behind schedule, leading to cost savings and reduction in project delivery time.
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