Technology is evolving across industries, and the construction industry is not an exception. Construction technology is not just limited to building equipment or heavy equipment; there are much more to it. The technology extends from the construction field to office to boardrooms. There are breakthrough connected technologies in the construction industry.
In 2017, construction contributed over 4% of US GDP, which is $826 billion. Most of the recent breakthroughs in hardware inspired the industry, and now there is a focus on creating better collaboration, discovery and analytics tools. Check out how construction technology is driving connectivity, data, analytics, and much more.
Here are ten breakthroughs in New Construction Technology
Prefabrication is not new to the construction industry, but with the use of technology, the benefit of Prefabrication is getting easier to access. Mobile technologies are bringing in more visibility into the manufacturing process. With these techs, stakeholders are not able to view the details of the project from start to end in their smartphone.
Innovators have improved the process and results of Prefabrication. In North America and Europe, modular construction is gaining popularity, and it allows to install hundreds of rooms in just days with just five labourers.
3D printer might have invented by an engineer, but architects and designers widely use it. It allows then to create a model; they could reprint the designs until they get a perfect design. Nowadays, 3D printing is not just used for creating models; but used in building full-sized projects too.
In 2017, two bridges were constructed using 3D printing technology. This marked as one of a significant milestone in the evolution of 3D printing. Many companies are building full-sized houses using 3D printing. The opportunities for 3D printing are endless. They can replace the whole industry where the traditional process is costly and time-consuming. 3D printing can also be controlled using cloud computing which widens the application of the technology.
Green & Innovative Materials
The construction industry is moving towards Green Construction – and it is a profitable investment which many businesses are investing. Construction companies are mixing green materials with traditional materials which helps them achieve greater efficiency.
Solar and wind are also making their entry to the mainstream construction industry.
Wearables & Mobility
We all know connectivity helps in achieving greater efficiency – mobile and cloud computing technologies can help to track projects in real-time. This means that there is a seamless connection between people at the office and people working in the field. They can get real-time inputs and get real-time data to analyze, report and respond.
The wearable is helping the workers achieve greater efficiency; it enables them to move across geography and get the work done without roadblocks.
Augmented Reality is changing the way people interact with their work. It allows the workers to analyze the problems, build and repair at a faster rate. There are tons of Augmented Reality apps developed for the construction industry and these tools help across service and verticals. It helps in finding the right solution for your business problems.
Like 3D printing, Virtual Reality is also used in the preconstruction process to visualize the new projects and understand the buildings. It is easy to make changes in virtual reality technology, and it is of low stakes. Virtual Reality also helps in identifying the problems and issues before the project is started. It is a great way to increase efficiency and reduce business risks. It also opens up a window for creativity during the design process.
Although there are lots of speculations that robots would replace humans, we are sure that it is not going to happen anytime soon in the construction industry. They are definitely going to make the workers’ life safe, easy and better. Construction companies who have a huge budget can deploy robots to automate the tasks. But most of the time, in the construction industry humans can offer better problem-solving skills.
Cloud-Based Collaboration Tools
One of the biggest drawbacks of the construction industry is paper-based reporting. Cloud-based technology can digitize the report and they can be available across device and can streamline the process. These data can be accessed anytime from any part of the world.
Cloud computing can be adapted to a wide range of processes. And, with digital technology, there is absolutely no limit in the communication channels.
Risk management is one of the critical factors in the construction domain because poor risk management can lead to disasters. Predictive analytics technology can help a construction firm to do a risk analysis. It can also help in saving unnecessary cost and time.
Business Intelligence is used across the industry, and it can give a new dimension to the construction domain. They can be used in analyzing data, process, report, governance, etc. Once the information is mastered, it can lead to better safety and success of the project.
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