How Technology is Changing the Construction Industry?
Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 8:35 am
Technology is touching and reshaping almost all industries across the globe. And construction is no different. People have this misconception that construction is a low-technology industry. However, the truth is construction sector is an amalgamation of some other professions such as engineers, architects, specialists in various other works such as maintenance, renovation, and other site work. And with the adoption of technology, the demand for innovation has increased and had dramatically changed the dynamics of the industry. Here is how technology has helped the construction industry evolve:
1. Mobile applications and Smartphones
This is the most widely adopted technology across various industries. With many easy-to-use mobile applications, construction executives can now easily access, share and edit project related documents even while they are working on the project site, away from their PCs.
2. Laser Scanners
When it comes to assessing as-built conditions or sites, using laser scanners has helped improve the efficiency of work. Using a laser scanner, a construction executive can perform field measurement. These laser scanners capture each and every geographic detail in the form of “point cloud” data. This is an extensive set of points on a coordinate system. These are highly accurate and show the exact condition of the space or the facility. Laser scanners are useful when analyzing any changes or clashes between the existing conditions and the new building elements. You can easily feed the acquired data into CAD or BIM files. This helps in saving time and cost.
This is yet another widely implemented technology that has changed the way construction projects are handled and managed. The latest versions of BIM incorporate a greater amount of information into it. For instance, scheduling, referring to the historical data and another database for improving the delivery of information regarding the conditions of the site, etc. Technological advancement has also enabled connecting BIM models to various devices to the site, facilitating real-time sharing thus improving productivity. It’s also becoming commonplace for all the team members to have access to the BIM model of a project. The BIM model has become a required deliverable to the operations team as well.
4. 3-D Printers and Robotic Constructors
3-D printing is now widely used for creating construction components such as plastics, extruded concrete, and other materials for creating building components or even the entire buildings. For instance, in 2016, the world’s first 3-D-printed office was constructed in Dubai. Along with 3-D printers, robotic arms are also used to print a variety of forms. They are also used for construction works such as placing bricks demolition, and excavation.
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