We are living in the future, and even the construction industry is slowly adapting to the change brought by this. New technologies are presenting ways that allow manufacturers to ensure safety while being able to improve efficiency at the same time.
Here are the major construction technologies to watch out for in the construction industry.
1. Building Sensors
With the help of building sensors, avoiding costly losses becomes possible. The reason behind this is the fact that there’s a wide range of industrial sensors available in the market, specifically the environmental sensors that are focused on tracking water, temperature, and moisture.
To support that, experts claim that for the past few years, projects in different areas, especially the ones in very hot or very cold areas that are almost complete, but the pipe burst, have experienced massive problems, and it took more time to complete the project, and of course, it’s also a waste of investment. With building sensors, monitoring temperature fluctuations become possible.
Likewise, if there’s a presence of moisture, this can easily be detected, and those who are in charge would be alerted right away.
The beautiful thing about this technological innovation is that it’s not even expensive at all. It’s a great value that would help you avoid massive losses. These building sensors can also be connected to wearables, such as smart hats, reflective vests, intelligent goggles, and so on.
2. Radio Frequency Identification
One of the most common challenges construction workers have to face on the job site is that they are prone to accident due to inefficiency. This holds accurate especially on more significant sites in congested city areas– it can be very challenging to get workers on the lifts to get them up on the floors they are supposed to work on. It can take as much as 45 minutes to get some of the workers to the top floor of a building.
With the help of RFID, contractors and project managers can now map worker movement, monitor where people are working, and the duration of time. This allows them to plan efficiently and ensure that there won’t be time wasted getting from one area to the next. Creating ways to transport workers around the job site has become more convenient.
3. Virtual Reality
With virtual reality training modules, workers get a better idea of the hazardous conditions they are bound to face while on the job site. The good thing about this is that there’s no need to risk their lives anymore, and trainees can now practice walking and performing tasks, without having to be in the exact place/location that is deemed to be dangerous.
Hopefully, a few years from now, this can be a substitute for the real thing, and there won’t be a need to risk the workers’ live anymore.
Virtual reality aims to create a realistic scenario that would allow workers to train in a completely safe environment.
4. 3D Laser Scanning
If you’re familiar with “LIDAR,” then you probably know what 3D laser scanning is. This technology uses millions of beams of light to create 3D blueprints of a finished room while being able to measure the distances down to the millimeter as well.
This can be very helpful for contractors as it allows them to compare measurements of the project to the original design, and be able to determine if they could build the project, just exactly like what was intended.
As we embrace technology, especially in the construction industry, we can clearly say that contractors would be able to leverage in some ways and reduce the number of accidents on the construction site. With the help of technology, contractors would be able to document significant milestones during the construction project.
As everything becomes accurate, this results in lesser wastage of not only time, money, and effort as well. 3D scans are capable of providing the exact photograph of the completed work, and this could function as a vital defense in case problems arise.
Scans could also be used and taken at various stages throughout the project, and document each significant milestone, like when the steel is erected, the floors are poured, or when the roof is installed.
In situations where the contractor should be replaced, this information will make it easier for the one other builders to continue with the work left.