Contractors Morrison Utility Services and Eurovia UK are trialling new ‘X-ray vision’ technology to give workers a 3D picture of underground services.
Workers use smartphones to access 3D images to help avoid cable and pipework strikes.
Piloted on Thames Water and Yorkshire Water contracts, the Augmented Visualisation of Underground Services technology is being dubbed a “game changer” for the construction industry.
Andy Carter, MUS Director of IT, Innovation and Improvement, said: “AR is paving the way for many operational processes in our sector to become safer and simpler – this technology is a real industry game changer.
“As well as safer working, the geo-positioning precision offered by the technology means that the essential infrastructure works that we undertake can be delivered more quickly and more efficiently to keep disruption to the public to a minimum.”