We’re becoming more and more reliant to what technology has to offer. In fact, it has been affecting our lives in many ways we could imagine- from our home and work, the comfort and efficiency we tend to enjoy were brought by these technological advancements.
Aside from that, the constant and rapid advancements in technology, together with the increasing rate of adoption, made it possible to enjoy a safer, and a more reliant job site, reduce overall cost, increase profit, and rapid job completion.
As the positive results continue to be more prevalent, we could expect that more improvements will happen later on. For now, here are some of the most fantastic construction tech being used to make projects safer and more efficient.
1. 3D Printing
3D printers and robotic building arms are being utilized to produce building components, or even the entire building itself.
It’s a combination of technology that uses concrete, as well as extruded concrete, and in some cases, plastics to produce parts and components quickly and efficiently. One of the first countries to adapt to 3D printing is Dubai, and it even managed to build an office that’s 3D printed.
In terms of robotics, robots also have various uses within the construction site, such as laying bricks, demolishing, excavating, and accessing dangerous and hard to reach places.
3. Advanced Collaborative BIM
For those who are still not familiar with the term, BIM (Building information modeling) is described as any single collaborative, computerized system that integrates technology with stable work processes.
By being able to connect BIM models with wireless devices, the company can have the peace of mind that relevant information can easily be accessed wherever they are. Included in this are the 3D representations of building plans and other data that can be directly linked to one another.
Aside from security, there is also a wide range of emerging ideas regarding building operational safety connected with BIM. The moment the as-built 3D data becomes available to those who need it, a smart chip sensor can be strategically placed in various areas of the building.
This would inform them about the possible problems that may arise. There are also avatars, similar to the ones in video games that can be used to notify facilities managers on how to work on a problem once it occurs.
Last, but definitely not least, the benefits BIM offers to the construction industry has been well-documented and it only proves how it’s capable of improving the speed when it comes to renovation and retrofit projects without worrying about the quality of work.
It doesn’t matter if off-site prefabrication is being used for the majority of the project, or there’s something else. BIM ensures quality and longevity as it protects the occupants during the work process. With BIM, every on-site construction activity also becomes safer and more accurate.
When integrated with the general contractors or CM’s project control, it allows instant iterations of construction sequencing, as well as educating tenants how it’s going to affect the overall outcome.
You’re probably thinking about smart fitness trackers, as well as consumer-grade intelligent watches. No, we’re not talking about those.
As we speak about smart wearables in the construction site, these are the devices and equipment that could withstand everyday use and abuse within the work zone. One great example of this would be the smart helmets that have pull-down visors, together with several features, such as a monitoring headband, quick front- and rear-facing cameras, wireless connectivity, sensors, and many more.
There are also hard hats that come with pull-down visors that allow the wearer to conduct real-time communication among workers. In fact, it can even communicate with traffic devices, that there comes a time when you will need to use an orange cones during traffic situations.
5. Drones for Site Surveying
Drones are getting more and more popular because of how useful they can be in the construction industry. These vehicles are often controlled remotely, or it can also have a preset path to perform site surveying and evaluate the progress of the project.
There are also advanced models used to capture maps, aerial videos, 3D images, and many more. UAVs are also useful when it comes to monitoring site inspections, logistics, and evaluation of as-built conditions.
Although the most common concern regarding this innovation is the startup cost, rest assured that if you’ll think of how useful it can be on the job site, then it’s definitely worth the money.