Mapping the capabilities and benefits of AR construction use-cases: A comprehensive map

Hala Nassereddine, Christian Schranz, Makram Bou Hatoum, Harald Urban

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The construction industry has undergone a radical transformation in its design and documentation process as it evolved from the days of the drafting board to today's Building Information Modeling process. Despite the progress, a paradox of designing 3D in 2D space remains, calling for new visualization technologies that leverage the use of information in construction. Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology that can serve as an information aggregator and a data-publishing platform, allowing users to view and interact with information while collaborating with others in real-time from remote locations. While AR holds the key to advance the construction industry, no research project has yet comprehensively investigated the holistic integration of AR in construction. Thus, this paper presents a comprehensive map that provides a holistic framework to understand the integration of AR into the construction phase. To achieve the research objective, the paper identifies and describes 23 use-cases of AR in the construction phase, nine AR capabilities, and 14 AR potential benefits. Then, four AR applications in construction are explored, where the underlying use-cases are discussed and mapped as a function of their corresponding AR capabilities and potential benefits. These AR applications provide an example to illustrate the concept behind the comprehensive map. Finally, the map is developed by outlining the relationships between the identified AR use-cases, capabilities, and potential benefits. The findings of this paper are crucial for the AR implementation roadmap as it provides industry practitioners an understanding of the capabilities and benefits of integrating AR into construction tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2571-2582
Number of pages12
JournalOrganization, Technology and Management in Construction
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Part of the research (namely the project AR-AQ-Bau) is supported by the FFG funding line ‘City of tomorrow’, a research and technology program of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation, and Technology. The authors are grateful for this support.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Hala Nassereddine et al., published by Sciendo.


  • augmented reality
  • framework
  • task-technology fit
  • taxonomy
  • visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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