The technical advancement has entered our lives at a much higher pace that keeping up with it is not easy. The construction industry hasn’t remained untouched with it. The many technical solutions that are offered by companies are trying to comprehend. It is tough to figure out what is worth your money and what isn’t. In this article, you will have all your answers.
Read below to discover the five technologies that are dramatically changing the construction industry:
A camera is attached to an aerial vehicle. It helps the teams and the site managers to get real-time progress reports of the project besides checking and tracking safety and health hazards which they may not have been able to spot in any other way. A surveyor can survey an entire site in a few minutes as against several months and weeks in the past. It saves a lot of money for construction companies. Drone technology is advancing rapidly. They are getting more accurate and precise in their readings. In the future, it won’t require much human involvement. Fortunately, more and more companies are embracing the technology.
VR and AR (including BIM)
Virtual and Augmented reality has already revolutionized many sectors, but the impact on the construction industry is anticipated to be massive. The advanced technology will assist the construction managers to oversee each element of a project at a granular level thus helping with co-design, health and safety, progress monitoring, digital job guidance and more. Currently, it is expensive, but is worth and will be of immense help in the future.
BIM, as we know, is already in use and making waves in the construction industry providing developers, contractors, teams a walkthrough a project. Several construction project management software and tools offer BIM coordination. They are worth using.
Smart H&S gear
From ‘smart’ hard hats to responsive clothing, the construction teams will have a makeover and will keep the ground teams safer. Wearable technologies such as 3D glasses, Fitbit, armbands, Google Glass, are extremely useful in maintaining the safety of the workers. These are useful for the workers as they won’t require looking into the instructions as they can talk to each other with the help of the technology. Besides, it aids in tracking workers in case of an accident. It is seen as something that will be mandatory to use in the future.
Nanotubes are made up of amazingly thin, lightweight material that can be used to add strength and density to wood, glass, and metal. The size is nanometer (one-billionth of a meter) in thickness, the carbon walls created by the tube should create the highest strength to weight ratios as compared to any other material on earth. It can streamline the construction process at a higher speed thus making it easier for constructing the buildings.
3D printing has already made a big splash in the industry, but some people believe that we haven’t started using it to its full potential. A Chinese company has begun constructing houses with a giant version of the technology by spraying multiple layers of construction waste and cement to create them. Many people believe that 3D printing technology can resolve the global housing crisis. It cuts down on time and total cost with new buildings.
The future seems extremely promising for more advanced technologies. It is data-driven and puts more emphasis on real-time communication and collaboration is just around the corner. This alone if implemented well can enable the construction stakeholders to gain higher productivity rates and fewer delays.