Developments in the construction industry
Technology is a mainstay in virtually every aspect of our work and home lives. Traditionally low-tech industries such as construction are enjoying advancements in technology that are resulting in increased safety, reduced costs, higher profits and better efficiency.
Some key trends are emerging as technology changes the face of the construction industry.
Drones and UAV’s
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, are rapidly gaining in popularity. Controlled remotely or flying a preset path, drones are able to help perform site surveys and assess the progress of projects, ensuring materials are being correctly placed. Drones are able to take aerial maps, photos and videos to help with managing logistics.
The Advancement of 3D Printing
3D printing is enjoying an increased presence within the construction industry. 3D printing can ensure materials are all the perfect size. 3D printers and robotic arms are able to produce building components or even entire buildings – with Dubai boasting the worlds first 3D printed office building. Whilst this technology hasn’t yet taken off in the same scale here, 3D printing is sure to become an integral tool in the technological toolbox of main contractors.
Construction Industry Software
Project management software is rapidly becoming a must-have technological advancement in the construction industry. Whether it is a simple refurbishment job or a more extensive construction site, project management software provides several clear advantages.
The software offers real-time information, allowing everyone access to the same data. This could include site plans, images, specifications, and a project overview. This ensures each build offers transparency, accountability, and improves efficiency.
Wearable technology is on the rise within the construction industry. Not just smartwatches or fitness trackers either. Main contractors are always looking for ways to make construction safer. Smart helmets are now entering the market. They offer pull-down visors that offer an array of features, such as front and rear facing cameras, a health-monitoring headband, various sensors and wireless connectivity. The helmets can provide wearers with real-time communication with rapid access to data, as well as the ability to record information, and augmented reality overlays.
Other wearables include enhanced safety vests and rugged health monitors, all designed to increase on-site safety.