Defining The Latest Trends Of The Construction Industry
June 21, 2018 | Written by: Gary Bizek
It is common knowledge that the construction industry was quite laid back in its adoption of the latest technological innovations that the other industries were already benefiting from. Today, however, with the complex and elaborate construction processes becoming simpler, the pace of implementation of these technologies has increased considerably.
Consequently, this industry too is at par with the incorporation of the latest trends which are defining the progress and productivity of the other industries.
Some trends which are actually making life of people involved in the construction industry simpler are:
- Virtual Reality: Irrespective of the scope of the project, today architects and designers are able to give a realistic picture of their worksite by the use of 4D models. These models made using virtual reality help to provide a concrete shape to the construction project being conceptualised thereby ensuring that owners as well as stakeholders are in sync with the same. Virtual reality thus offers an immersive as well as interactive experience thereby making it easier to get plans and designs sanctioned.
- Augmented Reality: Taking over from Virtual Reality which presents a 4D model for people to see, Augmented Reality enables people to literally walk-through a particular construction project. This is slated to provide an almost real-time experience thereby enabling planners, designers and architects to understand the expectations and requirements of the owners and stakeholders better.
- Wearable Technology: Safety has always been a cause of concern for any construction worksite. But the introduction of wearable technology makes it easier to track the location of an employee or worker at the worksite and warn him of imminent or potential dangers lurking nearby. In fact this ability to track employees and workers also ensures that first aid can be immediately given in case of an accident or incident. Thus wearable technology has actually made the worksite safer by setting new benchmarks in terms of worksite safety.
- Machine learning: The use of technology in the form of drones enables planners and designers to actually survey a proposed construction worksite. This intelligent data collection helps in improving the safety of workers at the worksite, track progress, understand hazardous and potentially dangerous conditions which might hinder the progress of the project etc. Thus machine learning with the help of audio and visual data help in accurate scheduling, material planning, increasing worksite efficiency etc.
- Predictive Analytics: The ability to manage risk is perhaps the defining factor for success especially in this industry. Thus companies who are able to implement proper and effective risk management techniques become successful while others strive to stay afloat. The use of Predictive Analytics helps make risk management a very simple process by analysing project data obtained from material suppliers, subcontractors, planners, architects and designers and even from the worksite itself. Thus risky elements of a worksite can be easily predicted and given their due attention so that safety drills can be carried out and proper risk management facilitated.
- Connected worksites: Miscommunication between the different aspects of the construction like the actual worksite, the design office, engineering, material suppliers etc., is one of the major factors which contribute to escalating costs in the construction industry. But with the implementation of advanced technologies facilitating enhanced communication between these different aspects, there is a huge reduction in mistakes and errors, changing of placed orders, reworks etc.
Prefabrication is another trend which has been in use for quite some time but is now being implemented with advanced techniques. Thus today prefab incorporation has undergone a change to become precise and accurate while the other benefits of prefabrication are becoming accessible to construction industry personnel. Thus the industry as a whole is poised on the brink of a great revolution which is definitely going to change the outlook and future of the same in a way few can even think.