Every year, new technologies have been affecting the construction field in several ways. Some have been percolating for the past few years already, such as the cloud computing and thermal imaging. Then, there are those that are expected to enter the industry in the following years to come. Here are some of the construction technologies that streamline production:
1. Big Data
Just like its name, “Big Data” refers to the massive amount of information relevant to the construction industry. Its primary focus is the use of algorithms as a way of extracting meaningful insights coming from unstructured data ‘dumps’ that are often challenging to interpret. With the help of Big Data, construction companies could quickly come up with sound decisions allowing them to work safely, efficiently, and accurately.
Though, one of the most common questions asked by those who are part of the construction industry is that where do this information come from? The answer is pretty simple– it can be through sensors, BIM, digital video, wearables, ERP, traffic safety equipment, such as safety cones, and many more. As long as it can be connected to the Internet, it will have the ability to contain and produce large amounts of data.
For construction companies, this is an opportunity to utilize data, such as material receipts, digital designs, and video monitoring for Big Data analytics. Algorithms can be produced as a way to gather information and manage the data, which would let them come up with predictive analytics or business intelligence that is very beneficial for business sectors.
Contractors are already expecting the positive effects of Big Data in the form of being able to use more refined software, an improvement in mobility, better designs, efficient builds, and best of all, sturdy structures.
2. Mobile Apps
Mobile apps are one of the technological advances being used by almost everyone. In the construction industry, tablets are slowly becoming more and more popular. Thanks to faster mobile and cloud, there has been an increase in mobility, as well as agility.
Gone are the days where you have to wait for a long time before you can keep in touch with your workers or project managers.
Mobile apps also have some remarkable features, such as being able to track time, cloud computing, invoicing, designing, material ordering, and many more.
3. Cloud Computing
Although this isn’t something new, tech experts say that it’s going to improve and have a significant impact in the construction industry, especially with production. For one, most of the technological advances that we are experiencing today wouldn’t even materialize with the cloud. It’s crucial not only for Big Data, but for the IoT technology, virtual reality design, and mobile applications.
The cloud is made up of computing resources and storage that can only be accessed through a network connection. This technology is going to revolutionize how construction companies operate- from their Internet marketing strategy to how efficiently they plan and execute construction projects. it can be through a cellular service, Internet, or WiFi connection. A lot of construction companies have been showing out the best ways to utilize this– through file sharing applications, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.
Both of which makes it more convenient for contractors, construction workers, and other interested parties to access permits, designs, and other essential documents. However, it’s also worth noting that file sharing isn’t limited to that– the construction industry will be able to take advantage of the cloud in several ways.
To support that, experts claim that cloud-enabled and mobile-friendly devices would be the next generation software in the construction industry. It would help the contractors discover two of the most important things– the ability to deliver powerful information tools into the hands of the experts, and a more streamlined and time efficient flow of information.
4. Virtual Reality Design
The preceding step in 3D modeling would have the ability to inhabit model. As of the moment, the most usual way to view 3D models is through the use of the 2D screen via laptop or tablet. However, with the advancements in technology, designers and contractors can now obtain more value out of the model as long as they’ll be able to give their dedication to it fully.
5. Autonomous Machinery and Equipment
Last, but not least would the be autonomous machinery and equipment. Drivers are now well protected because everything can be monitored and controlled accurately with the help of IoT technology. Self-driving vehicles have become very useful, especially in dangerous situations.