For the past few years, technological innovations have been making the construction industry safer and more efficient. Everything from online marketing to communication with customers and even onsite efficiency, technology is changing the way the world builds large construction projects.
With the help of IoT technology and Big Data, there’s no denying that gone are the days where we have to wait for several months, and sometimes even years to finish a construction project. Now, almost everything can be accomplished quickly, and best of all, without spending a lot of money. For that reason, allow us to discuss how technology is slowly changing the construction industry for the better.
Integration of Software and Smart Apps
Thanks to IoT technology, there are a lot of options for construction software. That means you’ll be able to organize construction projects without spending much time at all; as everything has been simplified. Furthermore, there are also software programs that are capable of doing everything– ranging from managing complicated design information to monitoring the construction workers in the job site. Likewise, there’s also a software that could keep up with paperwork.
Sharing information has also become less complicated. With the available construction software in the market, project managers can easily access the information they need wherever they are. There’s no need to go back to the office because you forgot the blueprints– all of these can be downloaded online.
Spend Less Time on the Construction Site
Construction software could also help the personnel save time. No need to spend hours on the job site, especially in hazardous areas. Everything can be monitored in real time using a device. Additionally, there’s an anti-collision software that could reduce the occurrence of accidents in the work site because it’s capable of monitoring the exact position of equipment, as well as the wind speeds, equipment weight, and so on. This would alert those who are in charge whenever there’s an accident or potential disaster.
Creation of More Durable Materials through 3D Printing
With the recent advancements in technology, construction materials, such as plastics, extruded concrete, and composites could be produced using a 3D printer. To support that, an office building in Dubai was made using this technology– materials were created using a 3D printer, and because this is faster than manual labor, the construction was complete in just a matter of weeks, instead of years.
3D printing is also more economical in a sense that you’ll be able to print your materials, and you can modify them depending on your needs. Likewise, you can also personalize the designs, because of the remarkable features a 3D printer has. With traditional methods, it’s impossible to create intricate designs by hand– not only is it time-consuming, but it can also be expensive if possible.
Wearables and Gadgets Capable of Protecting and Monitoring Workers
Back in the days, wearables are pretty simple– they just protect the wearers physically. Now, it has evolved into something more useful. Technology has changed wearables and construction gadgets for the better.
Now, these materials are equipped with sensors that could monitor the workers. For instance, safety vests don’t only protect the workers physically, but it’s also equipped with sensors that could control the heart rate and body temperature of the wearer. There are also hard hats with visor sensors, as well as individual lenses that notify the worker about the environment, and potential dangers.
Health trackers are also very useful on the construction site as it cuts back workplace injuries because workers are alerted during unusual activities.
Evolution of Autonomous Machinery
Autonomous machinery has evolved through time. They are capable of doing much of the heavy lifting in the construction site. No need to risk the lives of the construction workers to perform these dangerous tasks related to demolishing or erecting a building. Now, robots can be used to undertake these tasks. With the help of technology, construction-related injuries have dramatically gone down.
Another remarkable benefit of this in the construction industry is that there’s a lot of equipment capable of monitoring exact locations. Technicians don’t have to be on the site anymore, as they can easily control the machinery wherever they are. As for motorized vehicles, they have also been simplified in a sense that they can be operated by one remote technician– this saves time and workforce, which also means a reduction in the overall cost of the construction project.
Indeed, technology has been positively affecting the construction industry, and we can expect this to continue for years to come.