How Technology Is Impacting The Construction World
Technology is changing almost every industry, and the construction industry is no different. There are several advancements which have changed the way things are done in construction to makes things easier and far more efficient, so if you’re not using them yet in your business then perhaps it’s time to as there are many benefits.
When it comes to productivity, there are now solutions to help manage every aspect of a construction project. Investing in effective construction project management software, preferably a cloud-based solution means that you will be able to make changes and updates to documents, schedules, and other management tools in real-time. This means that your business will benefit from better communication and collaboration.
Mobile technology is also allowing for real-time data collection and transmission between the job site and project managers in the back office. Having cloud-based solutions mean that on-site employees to submit timecards, expense reports, requests for information, work records, and anything else they need to, thus saving hundreds of hours per year in people having to perform data entry tasks.
Artificial intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning have had a significant impact on construction firms who are now able to use data to make better decisions, increase productivity, improve job site safety, and reduce risks. Because AI and machine learning systems collect data, it means that you can use this information to predict future outcomes on projects and it can also give you a competitive edge when you are estimating and bidding on projects.
Then a massive part of the construction business is the Safety & Training and As technology adoption continues to ramp up in the construction industry, one area getting a lot of attention is improving safety as technology solutions are making it easier to properly train and monitor workers to prevent accidents and reduce the rate of severe injuries and worker deaths. Virtual Reality (VR) could have a significant impact on safety training and equipment operator training as it can give workers exposure to environments such as confined spaces or working at height in a safe, controlled environment. This kind of practice has been used to train soldiers, pilots, and surgeons for years and uses VR simulators, it could be used in the same way to train construction workers on operating cranes and excavators and doing welding and masonry work. Augmented reality (AR) is another technology that can significantly improve safety on the construction site because it can be used to create a more detailed safety plan or provide training on heavy equipment.
Finally, drones are another addition to the construction industry which can be used to conduct site surveys more quickly and accurately than a crew on the ground, and they are also cheaper than aerial imaging. Drones can also inspect hard to reach places such as bridges or around tall buildings, and do it safely. You can also use drones to monitor progress on a job site and see how people are working.