Even just a small innovation in the construction industry is powerful enough to save corporations millions of pounds while being able to decrease the time it needs to complete a project.
As technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate, it’s a good indication that this sector would be able to enjoy more benefits shortly. To give you a better idea, we have gathered some tech trends of the future, and how it’s going to affect how projects are managed, planned, and completed.
Construction Reconstructed in Every Phase
The advances in technology are now affecting almost all points in the life-cycle of a built asset– this goes from conceptualization, down to demolition.
Digitization is also changing some of the significant life phases of construction project wherein, gone are the days when the most advanced technologies seem to be futuristic. Now, they’re part of today, where everyone is free to enjoy.
Shortly, we can also see how BIM would continually improve. During the design and engineering phase, BIM would be able to quickly identify potential design clashes, as well as construction problems.
One great example of this would be the Crossrail– considered to be the world’s most extensive and most complex infrastructure to date, where an underground line across London is being built. The designers and engineers of this project are utilizing a centralized set of connected BIM databases to combine a million of CAD files into one information model.
Likewise, during the construction phases, drones survey and inspection in the construction site have become more accurate. That’s not all, 3D printers are known for being able to prefabricate a lot of the building components.
Then, the GPS, as well as radio frequency identification technology, are quite helpful in tracking the equipment, materials, and workers to ensure that everything is working the way it should be.
We can also expect that in the future, robots and autonomous vehicles would be in charge of most manual tasks, and humans would guide them. 3D laser scanning, as well as aerial mapping, could be very helpful in comparing work-in-progress against a virtual model, minimizing mistakes.
Once Big Data has been fully developed, the traffic movements, as well as electricity consumption would be collected digitally, and this would make the decision-making process more comfortable. Even the speed bumps, orange cones, and other devices would then be embedded with sensors, and Big Data would be used to transmit this information into the mother unit.
Apps have been part of the construction industry since 2008, but through the years, it continues to develop. Now, there are probably thousands of apps making the construction process easier for project managers.
Working with Momentum
Because these technological advances are entirely new, the transformation wouldn’t happen overnight. It would also face some resistance and criticisms at first. There will be companies who would think that it’s not necessary to embrace such technology yet, but the truth is, if we want a better future, we should be willing to adapt to these changes.