How Technology Is Reshaping the Construction Industry
Though the construction industry is very slow when it comes to adopt new technology but robots are used in this industry for a long. Robotics is one of the technologies that can reshape the construction industry very effectively.
Today, due to various technological developments many construction companies and contractors have started using various apps for planning, designing, and constructing buildings. They are using the latest technologies to attract young talented workers to provide them jobs in this industry along with improving the performance of this industry.
The technologies used in the construction industry by stakeholders of a construction project can help in improving productivity, safety, and collaboration in the project. These technologies may include mobile apps, drones, software for project management, virtual reality, augmented reality, and wearable devices, etc.
Reasons to use the latest technologies in the construction industry
There are two infamous things in almost every construction project including taking a long time to complete the project and over budget. Today, the construction industry is using various types of latest technologies like any other retail industry even if it is known to be reluctant in adopting new digital techniques.
The latest technologies are adopted by various industries including the construction industry due to various reasons like:
- Limited sharing of written information
- Project sites scattered geographically
- Budget and time constraints for innovative construction projects
- Slow in deciding due to limited sharing of data and scattered work sites
- Lack of time and constrained budgets to innovate
- Lack of association between stakeholders
What is a Construction Technology?
A technology that can help in improving productivity, collaboration, save time and safety as well as reduce costs at a construction site is known as construction technology.
Stakeholders of a construction project can coordinate easily by using cloud-based software to manage their construction papers.
The managers of a construction project can attend meetings even without leaving their office by using mobile technology for meetings. Similarly, you can change the design of the construction plan and share it in real-time by using the technology of augmented reality.
Effects of using construction technologies
Improved safety: In a successful construction project, the training and safety of the workers are very crucial factors. Earlier construction cones were used to control traffic at construction sites but now wearable sensors are used as construction technology to monitor workers working on-site.
They can wear smart safety goggles or hard hats to ensure their presence as well as safety at the worksite. These devices can send safety alerts and other messages in this regard to the project managers so that they can handle the situation before the occurrence of a mishap.
Virtual reality can help in completing the task in virtual settings. Training can help in reducing the risk of injuries and increasing costs. Workers can know about the possible dangers while dealing with heavy equipment by using AR.
For the success of a construction project communication between stakeholders for sharing information is very important.
The technology of BIM or Building Information Modeling can help in making a digital representation of the functional and physical features of a building so that you can make the right decision in the construction industry. The information shared through BIM will allow stakeholders to make decisions on all aspects of a construction project.
It can help in completing the project before time, saving material costs, and improving ROI. Wearable sensors and drones can be used to collect real-time data for BIM.
To complete a construction project within its budget and timeline, productivity is a very important factor. It can be affected by supply chain orders, punch lists, and blueprints of the project. If you use a cloud-based platform to digitize these items then decisions can be made easily by contractors and owners of the project based on the same documents.
Stakeholders can use drones to get information on daily progress and work conditions. Moreover, construction workers can review the blueprints of the project by using the technology of augmented reality. It will reduce the chances of error along with saving time.
In this way, the use of construction technology will help in reshaping the construction industry. The demand for construction workers will increase in the next ten years by 11%, according to experts. The use of technology can help in providing digital training to the new construction workers and streamlining the workflow.