The construction industry is undergoing a major transformation, with technology playing a major role in its evolution. From safety to productivity, technology is helping to improve the construction process in many ways. It is making the workplace safer, increasing productivity, mitigating risks, improving collaboration, and enhancing design accuracy. Cloud technology, portable construction devices, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning systems, autonomous drones and explorers, and virtual and augmented reality are just some of the technologies being used in the construction industry.
The application of technology to construction opens up the opportunity to improve performance within the industry. According to research, productivity can increase by 30 to 45% in the construction industry if proven technologies are adopted, along with predictability and reliability. Not only that, but other areas that require close oversight have also been significantly improved, such as costs, scheduling and security. The impact of emerging technologies on the construction industry has been positive in many ways.
Cloud technology keeps all your data safe and accessible, and is a best-practice approach for any construction project. It can give you an idea of the areas that need optimization. It can also help reduce the actual trial and error process and allows workers to do the job well the first time they participate in the project, which could save a lot of expenses. Portable construction devices are equipped with biometric and environmental sensors, GPS and location trackers, Wi-Fi, voltage detectors and other sensors to monitor workers' movements, repetitive movements, posture, and slips and falls.
Many different actors have emerged in a construction project and technologies have emerged to help workers communicate better and keep everyone informed with an organized schedule. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems is becoming more prominent in the construction industry. Autonomous drones and explorers are equipped with high-definition cameras and LiDAR to photograph and scan the construction site every day with millimeter accuracy. AI has become a vital tool in the construction industry, helping to perform complex tasks more quickly.
In addition, the fight against carbon emissions, environmental exploitation and waste disposal problems is pushing the construction industry to adopt safer solutions. Smart clothing, or electronic textiles, that can monitor vital signs such as breathing rate, skin temperature and heart rate will also arrive at the construction site. The autonomous operation of equipment works along the same lines as the technology used for autonomous cars. Construction companies are now using software to manage every aspect of the project and streamline processes.
The application of virtual and augmented reality in the construction industry helps organizations improve productivity and provide better customer experiences. Technology is revolutionizing the construction industry in many ways. It increases productivity and mitigates risks while improving collaboration, worker safety, design accuracy and data collection. As a result of these advances in technology, there is an increasing integration of digital technologies in all facets of operations from design to completion.