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. It means that you will be able to make changes and updates to documents, schedules, and other management tools in real-time. So, your business will benefit from better communication and collaboration.
Mobile technology is allowing for real-time data collection and transmission between the job site and project managers. 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
Artificial intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning have had a significant impact on construction firms. They are now able to use data to make better decisions, increase productivity, improve job site safety, and reduce risks. AI & machine learning systems collect data. Thus, you can use this information to predict future outcomes on projects. It can also give you a competitive edge when you are estimating and bidding on projects.
Improving safety is 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. Also, the equipment operator training can give workers exposure to environments. Such as confined spaces or working at height in a safe, controlled environment. Soldiers, pilots, and surgeons had used this kind of practice to train themselves for years. VR simulators 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) 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. Drones 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 safely. You can also use them to monitor progress on a job site and see how people are working.