Exploring the Benefits of Virtual Reality Adoption for Successful Construction in a Developing Economy

Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke*, Ahmed Farouk Kineber*, Nehal Elshaboury, Damilola Ekundayo*, Samuel Ariyo Bello

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    Abstract

    Existing literature has shown that virtual reality (VR) is widely utilized in advanced economies to enhance sustainable construction practices. However, its adoption in developing economies remains limited. Therefore, the objective of this study is to explore the potential benefits of implementing VR technology in a developing country context. The study collected information on the beneficial aspects of VR from previous research and conducted questionnaire surveys to gather relevant insights from construction project experts in Nigeria. The collected data was analyzed using the Measurement of Alternatives and Ranking According to the Compromise Solution (MARCOS) method and Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA). The MARCOS analysis revealed that the key potential benefits of VR include improved communication and collaboration, enhanced project performance, risk identification, digitalization, and safety planning. Furthermore, the study conducted an in-depth investigation of the beneficial areas of VR using EFA, which identified six component groups: pre-contract stage planning, post-contract stage planning, quality control and sustainability, design flexibility and reputation, resource management, and risk management and digitalization. The study provides a comprehensive discussion on the advantages of implementing virtual building methods in developing countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1665
    JournalBuildings
    Volume13
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 29 Jun 2023

    Keywords

    • Construction innovation
    • construction revolution
    • digital construction
    • project performance
    • sustainable development
    • virtual reality

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