The world is changing rapidly, and because of it, technology is evolving by the day. The construction industry has been one of the sectors that are making great strides and experiencing tremendous transformations. There are significant migrations from rural or suburban to urban areas all over the world. These migrations have led to the demand for quality and affordable housing. Sometimes, the overwhelming need for affordable housing creates a challenge for the construction industry in meeting these demands. It is more evident in significant metropolises and cities.
This challenge, coupled with other issues such as a need for transportation and other utility infrastructure, has necessitated technological advancement in various sub-sectors and construction areas. A good example is the improvement of overhead crane brakes systems and the use of drones.Here are some of the significant technological advancements that have emerged in the construction industry.
1.Robotics and 3D printing
3D printing and robotics building arms have been incorporated into the construction industry and are used to construct some aspects of buildings and entire buildings. A combination of these two technologies uses extruded concrete, plastics, and concrete to build all kinds of structures. Such structures range from skyscrapers to bridges to roads. With time 3D printing has also been adopted and developed for large-scale production.
Robotics is another technology that has been incorporated into the construction industry. For instance, robots are used to excavate, demolish, access unsafe areas, and place bricks at construction sites. Entire structures don’t need to be 3D printed, but some elements can be 3D printed to save time and money. Since the 3D printing process is computerized, construction does not have to be restricted by time. Robotics is also functional for mapping.
Wearables in the construction industry comprise rugged, rough devices designed to withstand the abuses and rigors of the construction sites. There are smart helmets with health monitoring headbands and cameras with depth-perception. Pull-down visors are also becoming more common in the construction sector. Such wearables allow workers to have real-time communication and record data while on site.
Other examples of wearables in the construction industry include enhanced safety vests and health monitors. All these wearables are designed to enhance safety and improve productivity while working. Others are hardhats and smart boots fitted with monitors that make it possible to track each worker and alert the emergency personnel if an accident occurs.
Building information modeling, BIM, in short, is a collaborative computerized system that combines solid work processes and technology. By connecting wireless mobile devices to BMI models, construction companies can give individuals access to relevant information. An example is being able to access 3D digital models of building plans. With advanced BMI, you can also link your projects to related data such as precise specifications.
Technological advancements in the construction industry are revolutionary and profitable over the long run. Although you may be scared about these technologies’ practicality and cost, the ROI of investing in them will outweigh the concern.