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By Construction Tech Review | Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nearly every aspect of design and engineering has been pierced by digitalization, but in many ways, the physical construction itself has remained a persistently analog process. Many new technologies have emerged, such as smart wearables and devices, drones, robots, and software applications, to allow construction firms to design and build safer work sites, improve communication, and reduce delays.

The successful management of the projects requires an uninterrupted flow of data and communication at each stage of a construction project. Project management with IT adoption today allows effective communication and data management to overcome generic shortcomings in the construction industry such as project delays, data inefficiency, broken communication, and budget deficits. Also, the core project management tasks different features including seamless time billing, invoicing options, collaborative tools, customized reporting, and other business tools make construction firm operations such as large-scale construction or infrastructure projects considerably more effective. IoT in development creates enormous potential for efficiency improvements and circumstances such as wearables used on job sites will now provide valuable information to the user. VR is transforming the approach for both engineers and workers on the construction site. 3D printing is helping engineers at the construction companies to build prototypes fast, which has fastened the whole construction process. A company in China constructed a house with 3D printing technology. Consequently, smart roads construction has accelerated; roads are embedded in wireless technology. As the automobile industry moves toward automation, it will push more smart roads construction giving way to driving pods.

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A McKinsey Report recognized inadequately qualified front-line and supervisory labor as one of the ten root causes of product failure along with lack of investment in digitization, innovation, and capital by industry. The report cited four major digital patterns that can enable the construction industry to move toward productivity: next-generation 5-D BIM, digital collaboration and mobility, near-perfect survey and geolocation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics. In short, efficiency, sustainability, user-friendliness, and cost implications are vital to the global construction industry’s technology implementation. As the pace of change accelerates, the industry needs to be prepared with the necessary regulatory frameworks, and construction firms need to ensure that they have the skills and systems in place to build the affiliated infrastructure.

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