Nothing is permanent in this world, but change. This can be very much applied to the technological advances that we have been experiencing for the past couple of years. Although most industries now are embracing this kind of evolution, the construction and engineering sectors have been a little slow when it comes to adapting to this.
As a result, the productivity has been affected for the past few decades.
Despite that, experts continue to look for ways on how technology would have a massive impact on the construction space, and this has been possible with the Internet of Things. Now, there’s a lot to expect in this field, and we are here to discuss some of those. Here are the five major technological trends that you should watch out for in the coming years.
From smart safety vests to traffic cones, more and more construction projects are starting to incorporate digital sensors, mobile devices, intelligent machines, and new software applications which are connected in the central platform of Building Information Modeling.
This remarkable development has also influenced contractors to think of ways on how to achieve widespread adoption as well as proper traction. In the construction industry, whenever new technologies have entered the scene, it is expected to have at least 20% reduction in total life-cycle costs of a project– this also calls for remarkable improvements in assessment and completion of projects.
2. State-of-the-Art Robotics
Considered to be a primary issue in the construction industry is that human workers experience fatigue, and in dangerous situations, it’s best to keep the workers safe. This affects the overall productivity of the project.
However, with modernized robotics, this can quickly be resolved. Heavy machinery and equipment are capable of performing dangerous and difficult tasks humans can’t. For the past few years, there have already been remarkable advances in this aspect, and we can expect that it would continue to develop.
For instance, robotic bricklayers are previously being utilized by most construction companies as they can stock up to 3,000 brings per day– this is several times faster than what humans can do.
Once the combination of robotic arm, conveyor belt, and even the concrete pump take over the construction site, huge efficiencies can be enjoyed. This would be lesser costs, and improvement in overall efficiency.
3. Internet of Things
The IoT technology is already revolutionizing everything– this includes the construction, retail, and even the manufacturing area. To support that, there are businesses offering machine two machine construction devices and equipment, featuring communication between different industries.
It can also monitor and assess the machinery oil, temperature, and motion sensors. An improvement in communicating would lead to better and more timely equipment updates, and help tell a more compelling story for the digital media strategy of the construction company capturing this data.
The problem is, the construction industry has not fully adopted IoT technology yet, but we can expect that a few years from now, IoT would have a more significant role in the construction field. With manufacturing, it could be challenging to monitor each process continually, but technology makes it more achievable.
4. 3D Modeling
3D models are significant for designers and architects as it gives them the general idea of what the project will look like once it’s done. It’s a thousand times better than looking at an image on a piece of paper or CAD file. A 3D model would allow them to have an idea how the building would look, and how the people would take it.
This would also let them see how each room compliments each other. For general contractor, they’ll be able to inspect the structure accurately and see if there will be issues or problems later on. Hopefully, shortly, 3D models would be widely available in the construction industry, as it would make the project plan more accurate and successful.
There has been a massive hype regarding exoskeletons for the past few years, but back then, they are just used in the military combat. Because these mechanical suits allow the wearers to lift heavy equipment, machinery, and supplies, the construction industry has been considering the use of it on the job site as well.
However, what might be stopping them is the power supply of exoskeletons– they have been challenging to develop. Despite that, there’s still a huge possibility that it would be improved even more, and would be available for construction use.