Technology is rapidly changing the world as we know it. It’s probably only a matter of time before food replicators and transporters are more than science fiction. In the meantime, some really neat technology is changing the construction industry – making it more efficient and automating many things which used to require extensive man hours.
Everyone has a cellphone in hand these days. In fact, in 2014 there were officially more mobile tech devices in the world than there were people. That’s only increased since then. Device makers have provided heavy-duty product lines suitable for construction sites which foremen can use to scan deliveries, track shipments and monitor equipment status.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
This is no ordinary building model. BIM uses historical and real-time data to provide a model of the completed building as well as updates during the construction process. Increasingly, project managers and operations teams require a BIM as part of the project deliverables.
Put away your tape measures! Laser scanning captures accurate information about a building site. This information can be fed into BIM or CAD files and then used to assess any potential issues before they arise – saving time and money.
More than a kid’s toy, drones are used to capture aerial information about a construction site that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. In some cases, the information captured by a drone can be converted into a 3-D image and compared to architectural plans. All this helps provide the construction team and project manager with a complete picture of progress.
This isn’t just about finding your way to the next constructions site! Any construction company managing a fleet of equipment can use GPS to track each piece and know its exact location at any moment in time. Your dispatchers will thank you!
Efforts to create “green” buildings are increasingly popular. 3-D printing may be one solution. As the technology advances, building components can be printed and used to build offices and other buildings with potentially less environmental impact. In conjunction with robots to handle demolition and other tasks, construction zones may be a lot safer.
FitBit, the iWatch, and other devices are all the rage – and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Wearable devices such as these are being used in construction to increase safety by monitoring everything from working conditions to worker movements. Other devices, like smart glasses, can help the construction team visualize the completed project and make small changes on the fly.
We’re sure the ever-changing technology landscape will continue to bring more technology to the construction industry. Let us know if you’ve used any of these in any recent projects. How did you like them?