Zero working group partners with AR specialist XYZ Reality

Augmented reality (AR) specialist XYZ Reality has become a founding partner of Zero, the innovation- and carbon-focused working group.

The partnership was announced at Digital Construction Week where the two are sharing a stand: Zero promoting its mission to make the industry cleaner and leaner, while XYZ demonstrating its Atom engineering grade AR headset (which is nominated in the Digital Construction Awards).

The two see an opportunity to reduce construction waste, in particular cutting down on rework. To date, XYZ Reality’s technology has reduced rework activities from 30% to less than 1%, leading to a reduction in CO2 levels, the company claims.

James Bowles and Johnathan Munkley, co-founders of Zero, said: “In the years ahead, our projects will come under ever tighter carbon restrictions and targets. Project teams will meet this challenge by using a wide range of solutions – all of which will add up to significant reductions in embodied carbon. Low-carbon materials, carbon accounting, lean planning, smart construction methods, and new innovative technologies will increase in adoption.

Eliminating rework

“XYZ Reality’s transformative device, the Atom, combined with their vision for projects is an outstanding example of an innovative new technology that reduces construction emissions. By overlaying the project model on the site, and allowing real-time verification, teams can virtually eliminate rework. With rework accounting for up to 5% of all CO2 emissions, this is a solution that Zero absolutely loves.”

XYZ Reality founder and CEO David Mitchell said: “Reducing onsite waste has never been more important. As we all well know, delays caused by defects and errors result in considerable waste. Zero will play an integral role in helping to increase awareness of how the sector can become more sustainable, and why digital technology will be crucial to meet our net zero 2050 targets as they draw closer. We look forward to working with our other founding partners, and the Zero team to transform the future of construction.”

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