On the surface, the construction industry does not look like one that would have a need for technology. Times and the need to ensure the safety and efficiency of construction have led to every facet of the industry making use of technology in one form or another. Some areas of the industry which have fully embraced the use of technology include:
1. The Office:
Applications which allow stored data to be shared between the office and the construction site now make it easier to handle contractor licensing as well as OHSA requirements. They also help in the keeping of a business’ safety record. This hassle-free and quick process helps to keep relevant paperwork in order.
2. Autonomous Trucks:
With the aid of technology, autonomous trucks with GPS can be remotely controlled by one driver. This makes the trucks to be efficient in their use of fuel while offering fewer delays when compared to trucks driven by humans. This technology which works by the use of a remote control or leader/follower programming also utilizes GPS Waypoint navigation to create a safe environment. While we’re not quite there yet, it won’t be long before self driving trucks are a reality.
With the introduction of 3D printing and carbon fiber, construction has witnessed a revolution. Carbon fiber can now be used to print turbine blades in honeycomb-shaped structures and they would be durable because of a reinforced cell wall. There is also a new approach on how to recycle concrete. Here is a closer look at that.
4. Productivity Monitoring:
Construction sites are now secure thanks to the use of drones in mapping worksites in addition to monitoring productivity. The ability of drones to check on the progress of jobs includes taking a footage shot of a job to analyze when the job should be finished. The footage shot can also be shown to the client as a way of showing the progress of a job. Live construction drawings can also be created to monitor real-time progress from anywhere and device. This tactic makes it possible for users to communicate about what is really happening on site. Less time is spent on reports as the project imaging and weather report features allow for a better communication.
5. Road Innovations:
Technology is being used to develop smarter roads which should incorporate electric priority lanes; road decks with a glow-in-the-dark lining; dynamic paint utilization; and interactive lighting. Some other roads are being designed to generate solar power that would absorb sunlight and convert it later to electricity.
Typical construction hard helmets are now made to be smart helmets. They are equipped with special lenses, a transparent visor, and a 4D augmented reality. Instructions on how to avoid hazards and complete tasks are given through the helmet. Its sensors and cameras also help the wearer to safely move around the environment. The smart helmet while retaining its original function has now used technology to upgrade itself.
These are exciting times for the construction industry. Technology is truly helping it to run smoothly while it remains productive and efficient. Although not everything may change, technology would play a great role in the future of the industry.