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Construction Industry on the Edge of Tech Transformation

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Smarter construction approaches and well-integrated building technologies are making a splash in the industry.

FREMONT, CA: The construction industry is rapidly flourishing into a technology-intensive sector. Advanced technology-aided workflows and processes are quickly replacing the traditional models and methods. Even conventional equipment and tools that firms use have transformed and are smarter and more efficient now. Worker safety has become substantially better, and wastage is reducing. In the coming years, many technologies that have seen experimental application will be adopted into the mainstream. Some of these innovative solutions are listed below.

•  Construction Simulation

With construction projects becoming more and more complex, the need to visualize a project as a whole right from the planning stage is a necessity. Simulations and animations can be the answer to perfect planning. Everything from the real world can be incorporated into the plan of a project by using simulations. This enables better perspectives and helps bring essential factors like noise and air quality, pedestrian and transport density, and the facilities in the building being constructed into a realistic picture. Stakeholders can see all the details come to life.

•  On-site Construction Facilities

The trend of prefabrication has promoted mass production of components in manufacturing units. However, on-site facilities for customized mass production of smaller parts have their benefits. It saves transportation costs and enhances flexibility and control. It is possible to optimize the components and create the best fits. With the advancements in 3D printing technology, such on-site facilities can become very advantageous and convenient.

•  User Manuals For Buildings

Buildings are becoming smarter as they continuously incorporate innovative technologies. These technologies are also upgraded and updated at regular intervals. To enable smooth experience for residents, the concept of digital building manuals are becoming prevalent. These digital user manuals help residents keep track of technologies used in the building and adapt to them quickly.

Apart from these new developments, there are many other developments in the field of construction. Autonomous machinery, robots, and drones are all finding applications at building sites. Even the materials used for construction are now being technologically optimized. Building insulation systems are far better, and raw materials are being engineered to incorporate desirable properties. The construction sector is already adapting to and making the best out of these opportunities.

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