How Technology Is Changing Construction Industry
Well, I think a lot of you can relate to this topic even if you are not working in construction industry. We live in an era of technological innovations and are witnessing the most exciting changes ever.
And of course, construction industry, where majority of work process is still manualized is slowly transforming to get ready for the future.
“Construction is still in the dark ages of automation. Each building is essentially unique: hand-crafted from the ground up, using skilled artisan labor. Increased technology and automation in the construction industry will improve quality, decrease time to completion, and keep costs low. Robots in particular will automate and streamline many of the physical tasks performed in construction today.” Tessa Lau, Chief Robot Whisperer & CTO, Savioke
In 2018 we will see lots of new ideas and tools to automate work process; new applications, robot machines which will change the way we design and build, so eventually construction companies will have to adopt technologically advanced tools and options to modernize old work style.
It’s also inevitable that if companies want to succeed only machines and applications are not enough, you will need technologically competent employees to be able to keep up with the innovations. So, expect growing demand on skilled personal.
Let’s look at some exciting new robotic technologies already implemented in construction industry:
Automated earth-moving machines
The idea behind it is to make construction safer, faster and cheaper. Bricklaying robots or ceiling drilling machines mean faster production and cheaper installation, lower health and safety impacts. Using robotic excavators is reshaping construction sites to detailed specification.
Drone based information capture
As soon as you start using drones for your construction projects you will instantly see increased productivity. Drones are great for mapping job sites, reporting project changes, updating clients with latest details. And remember drones are capable of reaching areas and locations which are very difficult for humans.
Visualize before it's built
VA (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) technologies are great to visualize space even before it’s built. Virtual walk-throughs, accurate measurement, material details are highly beneficial features for construction companies. VR and AR technologies help reduce safety risks, lower labor cost, meet deadlines and timely resolve issues.
project menagement software
There are many applications for much more optimized work process, allowing better, real-time project management solutions. If companies are managing multiple projects at the same time dedicated and tested application would be very helpful. You can no longer rely only on human memory to keep everything organized. These applications help to deal with common problems such as deadlines, generating reports, time tracking which reduce mistakes and possible delays.
Requests on green homes are expected to rise by 64% in 2018. Which means more healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. It will change contractor’s way of working and they will acquire necessary certification. For example, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which is a global symbol of sustainability.
Technological improvements are visible everywhere - in the offices, on job sites, in design process and communication ways. Technology is transforming even the simplest hard hats now called smart hats to provide safer and productive construction process.
The future of construction is upon us!