More often than not, a lot of people have a misconception that the construction industry is one of the few sectors that are quite slow when it comes to embracing the changing technology has to offer. For those who have been working in the field for a couple of years already, you’ll understand the reason behind this.
Truth be told, the construction industry is dynamic, and it’s always changing to meet the demands of its customers. It’s also true that steel, wood, and craftsmanship are the building blocks of the construction industry, but we’re in a phase where technology is also being utilized to shape this sector.
Just pay attention to how documents are designed nowadays and how engineers use their devices to gather information about the project. In fact, even construction cones are now embedded with technology!
10 years ago, documents were all written on several pieces of paper and this pile up in document drawers and filing cabinets. Now, these documents are stored on a hard drive and easily accessible from various devices.
As we take a look at construction technologies being developed, it only suggests that the way we build and operate is revolutionizing. In fact, here’s what the future holds for the construction technology.
1] 3D Printing for Faster Production
3D printing isn’t anything new. However, its potential impact in the construction world is something that we shouldn’t be taking for granted. From printing 3D models, down to creating full-scale prototypes and fabricating permanent building materials, there’s a lot of possibilities, and the sky is the limit.
Basically, as long as we can imagine it, we can create it. To support that, top companies even claim that the need for 3D printers keeps on growing, and this would continue to increase.
2] GPS and Lasers for Accuracy
There was a time when surveying and building perimeters are tedious tasks and a form of the ordeal. Workers have to rely on careful orchestration of string, calculations, tape measure, and the like to get accurate measurements.
Although it’s still a time-consuming process, the good news is with GPS and lasers, everything has become more efficient. In fact, this is probably the kind of technology that even our ancestors dreamed of. Back in the days, everything is done manually, and the majority of tasks are done in teams.
Now, a lot of these processes have become mechanical, and in most cases, even computerized. Although it’s still essential to have the skills needed to perform these jobs, with technology, everything has become more comfortable.
3] Utilizing IoT for Efficiency and Productivity
The IoT has a huge impact not only on efficiency but work site collaboration as well. Smartphones and tablets are slowly becoming the norm in the job site, and workers are beginning to enjoy the convenience it offers. Now, they can easily access the information they need wherever they are.
These advantages aren’t only limited to mobile devices. There are also remote equipment monitoring sensors, drones, and other equipment that could be connected with IoT. Thus, it has a permanent impact on how technology is used in the construction world.
4] What Should We Focus On
According to research, fatalities and other accidents still happen in the construction site, and it’s still at a very alarming rate. That’s why the main target of technology is to create a solution on how to stop this, and if possible, put an end to it.
Some of the most common problems in the construction site include poor welfare, unsafe removal of asbestos, site conditions, and improper use of equipment. There’s also the added pressures, increased workload, lesser budget, and the like that makes everything complicated and hard to manage.
For that reason, it’s essential for project managers to re-evaluate everything, and if possible, come up with new developments that could help the job site.
To be effective, leaders should be able to act accordingly and use technology appropriately. For instance, directors, site supervisors, and management should make it clear that they have to use these technological advancements properly to ensure that it wouldn’t bring a negative outcome, but only positive ones.
Aside from that, even the workers should be trained to avoid accidents, and ensure that none of them would get harmed during the process. What we’re trying to say is that, for the whole sector to be productive, everyone should be familiar with the technology.