A majority of the leading industry professionals agree that adopting modern technology is crucial to success. Therefore, it is important to understand how different technologies can work together to yield better results in industrial processes. Though technology can improve both engineering designs and construction processes, it’s best implemented as part of a wider strategic plan.
Below are compilation of some game-changing technologies.
Mobile gadgets and apps
Mobile devices, with their user-friendly applications, enable workers to access, share, document and even edit crucial projects data. Nowadays, we have industry-specific gadgets that can perform unique roles such as barcode scanning, radio-frequency and shipment tracking.
BIM represents another popular technology. BIM models allow individuals to access both past and recent information concerning site conditions form many databases. Thanks to technological advancements, it’s now possible to connect BIM models to multiple devices for real-time sharing.
Laser scanners are capable of capturing accurate field measurements and other geometric information. This feature is particularly useful when analysing potential differences between exiting and new building elements.
Drones, also unmanned aerial devices (UAVs) help in collecting information in areas that are out of reach for humans. Images captured by drones assist in site assessment as well as making comparisons with the original architectural plans. However, you must always be aware of regulations and controls to avoid trespass.
GPS tracking facilitates the communication of different teams via satellite allowing them to share information in real time.
3-D printers and robotics
Thanks to 3D creations, plans of proposed buildings now appear more lively. Nowadays, 3D printers are used in conjunction with robotics to create print material for proposed construction. Robotics also come in handy during excavation, demolition and bricklaying.
Wearables refer to smart glasses, bracelets, smartwatches, safety vests and hardhats that can provide visuals and augmented reality. Wearables can enhance accuracy, efficiency and even safety when dealing with materials.
Big Data and the internet
Big data makes asset management possible. Sensors assist in collecting building data which is crucial for decision making when accessing performance. cloud-based software is slowly emerging as an important asset in the construction industry.
Put together; all the above technologies can shape the way we conduct projects in future.