Our national and global economies keep on booming, and there aren’t any signs that it’s going to stop soon. That means there’s still a lot for us to expect when it comes to technological innovations, especially in the construction industry.
There’s a lot of new technological trends that have dramatically improved the safety and productivity of workers. As a matter of fact, research shows that we could expect more development in the years to come.
Here is the top 3 coolest construction technology innovation of 2018.
1. Cloud and Mobile Technology
Back in the days, it can be quite difficult for workers to describe what cloud technology was. However, times have changed. Today, almost all mobile devices could efficiently utilize cloud technology. It offers the ability to use and even operate cloud-based software wherever they are, and at any time of the day.
Basically, the sky is the limit for these devices as more and more people begin to realize the advantages it has. It could store and provide countless data and even share it with a single touch of the button. It could also be connected to other smart devices, wearables, and even construction signs. No wonder why it’s becoming mandatory in the construction industry.
With mobile technology, construction workers can now submit their reports promptly, and that includes emails, RFIs, and other forms of communication as well. This also means that workers no longer have to leave their station, and they’ll have more time to focus on their tasks instead.
Gone are the days when you have to look through a series of files in a file drawer just to get the information you need. With the help of mobile technology, all documents are now easily accessible, even during emergency situations.
2. Connected Job Sites
This trend comes in very handy and works well with other patterns in the construction industry. More often than not, it’s hard for the whole team to communicate with each other due to various factors. However, cloud technology has changed that.
Now, it’s easier to communicate with each other, and that’s through the help of a connected job site. This leads to higher productivity, efficiency, and best of all, safety. Workers wouldn’t have to worry about the problems they used to stress back in the days.
3. Augmented Reality
For the past few years, virtual reality is an emerging trend and has been very useful in the construction industry. However, we also can’t deny that as everything improves, it’s slowly becoming outdated, and here’s where augmented reality enters the scene.
Although they might seem the same, augmented reality has more features. For one, it can visualize its surroundings through the use of a camera lens, and aside from that, it also offers more excellent opportunities for the construction industry.
Of course, this isn’t cheap at all, but for construction companies that want to improve, this is definitely worth their investment. It’s a revolutionary step that they can take, and experts profoundly believe that it would continue to grow in the coming years.
Soon enough, we can finally bid goodbye to plastic glasses and be able to plan and plot the sites way before the ground is broken.
It’s also worth noting that in a construction project, accuracy is critical. Failure to work on it would lead to wasting money, and time later on. That’s why before the plan is executed, it’s essential to have a walk-through of the entire project.
This should include necessary details, and of course, exact measurements of everything. Engineers, project managers, and architects must get enough data that would guarantee not only an improvement in speed but accuracy as well.
With AR, they would also have the chance to navigate each project phase easily and determine issues even before they even happen.
Even air conditioning companies with years of experience in construction also benefit from AR. Basically, they take advantage of it by implementing AR in their projects. It gives them the exact copy of every aspect of the AC system that could be used for the project. AR could also showcase architecture models, and it allows easy 3D model modification in the building interior while keeping the exterior design in place. In simpler terms, experts could use this to quickly move walls, or if necessary, change the plan right away.