As the human brain continues to evolve, technology keeps on improving every year. Likewise, the environmental challenges taking place are also influencing men to look for ways on how to overcome these obstacles with lesser time and effort possible.
One great example of this is the construction technology innovations enhancing our future, and we’re going to discuss some of those.
1. Wearables to Improve and Manage Performance
Wearables are very important in the construction industry, and technology is determined to make them more useful that they already are.
Smart goggles, smart, reflective vests, intelligent hats, and so on– all of these wouldn’t only protect the body physically, but they can also be used to improve the worker’s performance while minimizing injuries at the same time.
Although construction workers being able to transmit data through wearables may seem futuristic, for an industry that focuses on meeting the demands of the clients, wearables are just the next evolutionary step that they cannot take for granted.
As the industry slowly starts to make a switch from traditional wearables into something more modern, we can expect an improvement not only in safety but productivity and efficiency as well.
2. Self Managing Devices
By being able to combine sensory data with AI techniques, it has become possible to merge massive numbers of sensors and process them to a higher-level view of a system.
By now, it’s quite apparent that connected smart devices can change our lives in some ways– ranging from simple service capable of opening the garage door whenever a car approaches, and new business opportunities involving facilities that we can expect in the future.
When combined with the intelligent handling of data, together with smart devices, this would have the ability to improve productivity, as well as the profitability of businesses. However, to enable the deployment of billions of smart devices, it’s crucial that managing and monitoring remain low. That’s why evolving software and communications technology are slowly switching toward creating self-managing and autonomous devices.
3. Internet of Things
With IoT technology, everything that is connected can be shared, creating a bridge between the physical and digital world. This combination triggers a positive effect. With the physical devices connected with each other, together with other sensors, software, and actuator, technology makes it possible to provide adequate and accurate interactions within one another.
The connectivity of some sensors also triggers the further development of IoT technology.
4. AR and Robotics
With augmented reality, you’ll be looking through a camera and see the real world from here, but with digital information being the primary focus.
In the construction industry, augmented reality has some exciting applications, ranging from being able to view a 3D model of the site you’re building, evaluation of underground pipes that you’re about to excavate, and many more. Although there’s still a long way to go, one thing is for sure– it’s going to have a significant impact in the construction industry, and in a positive way.
The cost of the project would go down, and the time needed to complete the job would shorten. Aside from that, the benefits of using augmented reality for managing facility is something we cannot ignore, and the visualization of accurate geospatial data for existing utilities would be beneficial for everyone.
There’s also robotics. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about the C3PO-style robots that are installing cabinetry, swinging hammers, and the like. For now, the human eye is still considered to be the best tool, especially for manual jobs. Robots can’t determine that moving a trim piece out of a square could make the final product look right.
Despite that, we’ll still see significant advances in robotic construction technology applications, such as bricklaying. With the help of robots, it won’t be necessary to waste your energy or spend a fortune on manpower. Machines can accurately, and quickly lay down brick layers in a matter of minutes. That’s why a few years from now, we might start seeing robots as part of the construction workforce.
Construction technology innovations are capable of enhancing our future. With this kind of technology, not only will we reduce costs, but it would also minimize the risks that usually happen in a construction setting.