If you want to become a leader in the field of construction, here are 7 innovations in construction technology to help your company reduce costs; improve safety, performance and quality.
1. Virtual Reality technology
Virtual reality technology has gone beyond the scope of the gaming industry and has been applied to the construction industry. Virtual reality technology allows owners and stakeholders to experience the planned construction environment from the pre-construction phase to the design of large projects in the 4D virtual reality model.
Virtual reality technology was only for the most advanced organizations in the past. Nowaday it is becoming more and more mainstream, with increasing demand from owners. The 4D environment allows construction companies to plan on every aspect of construction project, improve everything from safety to efficiency, and provide final products more consistent and high-quality
2. Augmented Reality Technology
While virtual reality allows users to “walk” in 3D and 4D environments without moving their feet, augmented reality technology allows users to move in 3D environments with their steps, while collecting and / or viewing more real-time information in that environment.
For example, a new application on iOS called MeasureKit allows users to point their phone or iPad to an object or structure and interact with that object via the screen in 3 useful ways: measure, grade, and location of objects. Below is a video of how MeasureKit works:
Augmented Reality technology combining with some existing applications will become mainstream. For example, BIM 360 Glue provides sub-contractors device’s positions at the location of a component and retrieves information from the 3D models placed in contrast to the framed image in the device.
3. Wearable technology
Construction sites have never been this safe today, and we think it will only be safer with the incorporation and integration of wearable technology. Companies that provide wearables to track where workers are on site, alert them in real time about potential risks and identify when someone has slipped, fell or fallen to help dispatch them instantly.
These devices and technologies l will increase in demand, especially as the construction industry begins to develop labor safety standards that become part of the bidding process.
4. Machine Learning
Applications and devices that apply Machine Learning technology, typically Drone (a remote control device used in construction) allow us to collect data or images from construction sites and intelligent analysis for a variety of purposes including safety, quality, tracking progress and marketing.
5. Prefabrication technology
Pre-engineered technology is a difficult innovation. The construction industry has been using prefabrication in various applications for decades. However, new technology is making the benefits of pre-engineering easier to reach and changing the way the construction industry integrates prefab into the process.
For example, a mobile technology provides visibility of the entire prefabricated process, so that anyone involved can see where the product was made, when it was delivered. A new integration with BIM 360 Docs will allow you to view that information in a process from start to finish design and construction.
Applying this technology will increase competitive advantages.
6. Predictive Analysis
Often, the difference between a successful and struggling construction company depends on the ability to manage risk. Predictive analysis makes risk management much easier.
A BIM 360 Project IQ beta application analyzes data from subcontractors, material suppliers, design plans, and site personnel to analyze risk factors based on historical data. It provides a dashboard that can identify which elements are most at risk and needed attention; and allow them to drill down to see the reason for risk assessment. Project IQ captures both data from the past and from how GC interacts with the information it provides, to continually provide better and more accurate risk assessments.
7. Linked Construction Sites
Delays in communication between construction sites, mobile homes, design departments and engineers can be costly and serious. In the short term, a disconnected construction site can burn profits.
Fortunately, the construction site links are catching up to be easier and easier to achieve. With an associated site, everyone on the site has access to minute-to-minute drawings and materials, and the ability to send RFI and issues in the palm of their hand. Likewise, everyone in the mobile homes and designers and engineers have instant access to everything that is happening on the site.
Communication around the RFI and issues is reduced from day or week to just hours or minutes. Errors caused by misinformation are almost eliminated. And order changes and redo are greatly reduced.