How Technology is Changing the Construction Business
Technology is gradually improving humanity’s day to day activities. In the construction industry, technology has helped revamp the way in which engineers go about virtually every stage of construction of buildings. Various tech tools have been availed in the market that contractors utilize to make their work easier in the construction site. Here are some of the key ways in which technology is gradually changing and improving the construction business.
Virtual and augmented reality
Virtual reality gives engineers an opportunity to visualize constructions before they are actually put up. Computer software has been developed that enables engineers to key-in the technical specifications of a building in order to develop a 3D virtual model that can be used to make various assessments in the design phase of construction projects.
Augmented reality, on the other hand, gives engineers an opportunity to walk into a virtual construction, take certain measurements, and visualize adjustments where necessary. Augmented reality also facilitates the construction process’ project assessment stage. It facilitates accurate conducting of feasibility studies to determine how a physical building would impact the surrounding environment.
The introduction of 3-dimensional (3D) printing is also improving the way engineers and contractors go about the construction process. Engineers now can print models of conceived buildings to scale in order to visualize how the actual building would be upon completion. The use of 3D models of buildings printed to scale also allows engineers to undertake accurate pre-construction testing such as the vulnerability of buildings to weather elements such as wind and earthquakes.
3-dimensional printing of full-scale models is also enabling engineers to print tiny parts that are otherwise meant to fit in squeezed spaces such as plumbing pipework. This concept is particularly useful in designing and printing metallic and plastic-based construction parts and has proved to be a game-changer in facilitating construction of complex parts.
Introduction of drones in the construction industry is enabling engineers and contractors to visualize construction sites like never before. The capabilities of specially designed drones to fly and hoover above construction sites enables engineers to generate high-resolution digital imagery that aids in ensuring that the construction project proceeds as visualized. The drones can also be fitted with appropriate GPS equipment that helps engineers map out a construction site especially on virtual spaces that are impossible to reach or measure.
Mobile gadgets have also been introduced that perform different functions depending on the construction sites’ needs. Some of the common mobile gadgets availed in the construction business include small wearable devices that help track the position of different workers within the site. This technology makes it easy for foremen to manage the workforce available in the construction site to ensure all persons are appropriately distributed where they are required.
Wearable mobile gadgets also enhance the safety of workers as special devices can detect whenever a worker is injured as a result of a fall. Such devices are designed to transmit signals to safety personnel who can pinpoint the actual location, thereby coordinating rescue operations. The interconnectedness of devices in a construction site enables contractors to create a customized Internet of things of construction site devices, thereby making contractors’ work easier.
Project management program
Construction companies are also benefiting from the introduction of project management programs and software that help in various productivity enhancements. Project management software designed to optimize resource utilization including human resources, time, and capital are resourceful in helping generate progress reports on the course of the construction projects.
Robotics have also found their way into the construction business and are doing a great job in undertaking tasks that are impossible to do with human hands. Smart robotics, for instance, can be used to aid in the placement of construction material in precise locations that cannot be accessed by humans.
In conclusion, the construction business has significantly benefited from the introduction of various tech-tools that have generally improved efficiency and productivity. Most of the tech resources available today facilitate making engineers work easier by conducting tasks that are impossible to do conventionally. Continual development of such tools is, therefore, proving a game-changer in increasing safety of construction sites while achieving construction precision like never before.