The construction industry has always been at the forefront of technological innovation. Over the last ten years alone, it has developed and implemented a lot of new technology to adapt and continue meeting construction demand in the most efficient manner. The adoption of new technology has allowed for the construction of taller and stronger structures, more energy efficient buildings, safer construction sites, greater productivity, and more complex projects. As such, it is imperative that companies embrace new technology innovations. And yet, so many are slow to implement them. As we continue moving through this year, it’s important to highlight construction technology trends and how they can be utilized to improve construction.
4 Construction Technology Trends To Watch For
Almost every commercial jobsite is now done using the help of drones. By gaining the ability to peer down at a project from above, contractors are able to find valuable information and ensure the job is being done correctly. Drones are also useful for discovering safety issues and determining the quantities of materials on site. Previously, these tasks would have been extraneous and taken up a lot of time and manpower. Additionally, maps can now be easily created making even the largest job sites visible to all employees. Substantial financial savings are possible as result of using drones at a construction site.
Using 3-D printing in construction is a method already in commercial use around the world and is expected to grow rapidly. When used in the field, it’s essentially a large nozzle that lays out concrete in vertical piles according to a programmed design. This technology can help reduce job site worker density and create easy, precise foundations to build upon. However, 3-D printing also has another use in construction. It can be utilized to make small components of larger assemblies. Although it’s unlikely to replace injection moulding for mass production, it offers an affordable way to manufacture custom pieces.
Augmented & Virtual Reality
Technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been around for a couple of years. Recently, these advancements have enabled construction companies to visualize elements of the design before ever even starting a project. VR is an artificial environment created using software and presented to the viewer as a model of the real world. Both AR and VR provide a true to scale, real world view of a job site. This can help contractors and employees understand the dimensions of a construction site and get a first hand view of what the finished product is supposed to look like.
Blockchain is an open public database that stores transactions in a virtual block. These blocks are connected in chains, creating an entire history of all transactions that have occurred within a specific network. Blockchain gives the potential to encrypt and protect many of the key elements in construction operations and supply chains. Using concepts like smart contracts and electronic verification, this technology could handle all contractual relationships that take place at a job site. This can lead to better accountability and transparency in construction projects, eliminating wastes and reducing costs.
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Poli Construction has been delivering superior building solutions in the Orlando area for over a decade. What gives us the edge over competitors is our ability to utilize advanced tools to facilitate the building process. However, we still pride ourselves in our old fashioned service, and maintain the mindset and values of a small builder. Regardless of your project size or type, you can expect top-of-the-line service every step of the process. Contact us today to discuss your project.