Telstra recently acquired software development company Readify to help drive digital transformation for Telstra Enterprise customers in Australian and global markets.

Together, Telstra and Readify used Microsoft’s HoloLens to create unique, and futuristic mixed reality experiences for customers.

This experience is now being used by leading Australian construction company Laing O’Rourke to help show its customers what buildings will look like through various stages of construction.

Laing O’Rourke revolutionises construction with HoloLens

When Ryan Macnamee, CIO of Laing O’Rourke was introduced to HoloLens, he envisaged three applications in construction:

  • First, immersing clients right from the concept phase by walking around billion-dollar piece of infrastructure.
  • Second, the ability to visualise design work in the consultation period, which would accelerate design modifications.
  • Third, the ability to visualise a site through different phases of construction. This would aid project planning and execution — and gain stakeholder engagement.

With Readify having a proven record of creating innovative solutions in application development, Telstra invested in building out its capabilities through Readify to bring these applications to life for Laing O’Rourke.

In 2017, Laing O’Rourke became the first, major Australian engineering company to roll-out a fully immersive, holographic capability that allows engineers to guide clients through a construction design. With the ability to update re-design work into the HoloLens suite, clients can also examine the visual impact of proposed changes.

Using HoloLens, Laing O’Rourke has boosted its reputation as an innovator in construction, delivering quality value for clients and an industry lead in augmented-reality design.