How Technology Has Revolutionized the Construction Business
The breakneck pace with which technology has advanced in the past decade has impacted every single industry, and the construction industry is no different. Construction projects that once used to be time-consuming and expensive, are now completed quickly and for a fraction of the price, all thanks to the advancement of technology. The construction industry has historically resisted technological upgrades, but technology has enveloped human lives so completely that it was bound to happen.
One could say that technology has revolutionized the construction business, as information and data are now readily accessible to everyone in the construction project. Important documentation and blueprints can be shared from remote locations, to add greater convenience into the lives of all involved. This has meant fewer delays and mistakes made during a construction project. In 2018, there have been several tools that have automated work processes with robot machines and new applications changing the way buildings are designed and constructed.
Construction companies that want to be successful must take full advantage of the different technologies impacting the construction industries. Apart from that, they will also require employees who are technologically competent to keep pace with these innovations. Our focus right now is going to be on how technology has revolutionized the construction business, and what technologies have made an impact.
1. Project Management Software
Online collaboration has become easier with several applications that offer real-time project management solutions. It has made life easier for companies managing multiple projects, as you can keep everything organized, and ensure that common problems like time tracking and generating reports and deadlines are easily dealt with and without any delays or mistakes.
Automated earth-moving machines have made construction faster, safer, and more cost-effective as robots can do tasks faster than humans. This means a faster pace of production with less errors, and lower health and safety concerns. Robotic excavators also reshape construction sites with detailed specifications, to make things easier for all involved.
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies allow you to visualize a space before its constructed with impeccable details. You can get accurate measurements, virtual walk-throughs and check the material details before work starts on the project. These technologies have reduced safety risks, resolved time issues, lowered labor costs, and allowed companies to meet deadlines easily.
4. Green Construction
The year 2018 has seen an increase of nearly 70% in demand for green homes and buildings. These are meant to provide greater cost-savings, and be highly efficient. Contractors are now working to acquire certifications to ensure they meet new requirements and build more sustainable structures.
Construction projects have started drones for capturing information about the site that would take hours to accumulate. They are used for mapping job sites, updating clients with latest details, and even for reporting project changes. Drones can also reach locations that are hard for humans, thereby offering greater efficiency in projects, with higher safety standards.