September 14, 2018

How technology is changing the construction industry

Technology is rapidly advancing through many sectors and the construction company is one of them. There have been many advances in the construction sector through technology. Some of the major breakthroughs are listed below.


Mobile Devices and Apps

The biggest advantage about mobile phones is that you can do your work through the phone without even being on the job site. That is what made the breakthrough of mobile phones and apps into this industry a big one. It is not just a mobile phone or an app that makes a difference. Heavy-duty devices are made specifically for field work which boast features like rugged construction, better screen, inbuilt barcode scanner and radio frequency identification.


BIM is another widely implemented technology. BIM stands for Building Information Model and recent versions incorporate an increasing amount of information. Nowadays, BIMs are connected to devices in the field, where real-time sharing enhances productivity. It is mostly used for an expanding range of team members who have simultaneous access to a project BIM model.



Laser Scanning

It is another method which offers enormous efficiency when it comes to assessing sites or as-built conditions. The major advantage of laser scanning is that, with laser scanning very detailed geometric information in the form of “point cloud” data is captured. They are very accurate and shows the true conditions of a space. These are majorly used to analyze potential clashes between existing conditions and new building elements.



Another term used to define a drone is Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). They are equipped with cameras and they are used to collect information in locations that humans cannot access. Captured images can support site assessment and inspections and also augment the understanding of progress. Improvements focus on advanced cameras and lenses for better images.


GPS Tracking

It has been a boon for any company that manages an equipment fleet. The GPS hardware installed communicates with a home base via satellite enabling managers to see where their vehicles are in real time. Future improvements in GPS tracking would be better interconnectedness with other systems.

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