Bygone are the days when offices in a construction site used to flow with documents, and employees depended on hand tools to complete projects.
Now, the construction industry is experiencing growth, thanks to the inception of new technologies. Some of the technological advancements you will see in the residential and commercial construction industry may include the following:
With the wearable’s growth and popularity in the consumer market, the construction sector has started using various features so as to improve safety in the worksite. Potential applications for wearables include providing real-time alerts when work conditions become risky or monitoring workers’ vitals or movements.
For instance, smart watches can detect alertness and fatigue in equipment operators and drivers, while other wearables may help to monitor physiological responses as well as reduce the chances of getting heat illnesses.
2. Augmented Reality (AR)
AR is a technological advancement that improves reality by overlaying digital information, creating a reality experience. It is also changing the construction industry by allowing site workers, engineers, and architects to visualize building plans while fostering effective communication between stakeholders.
Through streamlining processes in the construction industry, augmented reality helps contractors reduce accidents and errors at the job site while enhancing productivity.
3. Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
Advances in AI (artificial intelligence) have enabled a lot of industries to incorporate this technological advancement. The construction sector continues adopting artificial intelligence in stride. A good example is a driverless vehicle. No construction firms have adopted these driverless vehicles yet. But this year, it is likely that they will replace drivers.
Artificial intelligence also has other uses in the construction industry. These technological advancements need data to learn. You may as well make this data readily available for your construction company analytics. Then predictive analytics take this important information and use them to determine what will happen.
4. Drone Technology
Drones have become one of the most cutting-edge tools used in the construction industry, providing a range of applications, like monitoring project progress, mapping sites, surveying land, and inspecting structures.
They also carry out site surveys more accurately and faster and are less costly than aerial imaging. They may as well be equipped with different sensors to gather data on the environmental aspects, such as air quality, humidity, and temperature.
By providing timely and accurate information, drone technology can improve safety, reduce project costs, and help construction employees make informed decisions.
5. Data Collection Apps
Slowly by slowly, apps are becoming a norm in the construction industry, but for a good reason. The improved portability of smartphones and tablets allows for the ability to work from anywhere and for greater communication.
Data collection apps specifically help construction firms gather higher quality and more accurate data from a work site. Integrating this kind of technological advancement in the current processes is easy and needs a small investment upfront while still offering benefits like enhanced workflows and time savings.
How many of these technologies have you used before? By using a new technological advancement at a job site, your construction company continues to move forward and evolve.