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Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Impact of Technology in the Construction Industry

The construction industry uses new technologies to increase the safety of the workers and increase the efficiency of the construction. 

FREMONT, CA: An essential indicator of the economy's state is the construction industry, as it is one of the largest generators of employment in the country. The sector serves as one of the most robust propellers of private sector involvement in the country's built environment, with deep ties to industries like cement, steel, chemicals, paint, tiles, and many more.

Today, new construction technologies are being developed. Connected equipment and tools, telematics, mobile apps, autonomous heavy equipment, drones, robots, augmented and virtual reality, and 3D printed buildings are implemented and utilized on job sites worldwide. As companies realize the long-term efficiency and cost savings of such techniques, it is predicted that technology will be used more widely in construction and construction management in the future.

Real-time information through software and mobile apps: 

Today, to manage every component of a construction project, there are software and mobile solutions. Mobile technology enables data collection and transmission between the workplace and project managers in the back office in real-time. On-site employees can submit timetables, expense reports, requests for information (RFIs), work records, and other verified documentation through cloud-based solutions. It can save hundreds of hours of data entry per year and organizes essential files automatically.

Transforming product development through offsite construction 

Offsite construction is typically utilized for projects like apartment buildings, hotels, hospitals, dormitories, prisons, and schools with repetitive floor plans or layouts in their design. In a controlled environment, offsite is conducted and operated as an automotive manufacturing plant. Workers have every tool and material at each station to consistently carry out their task, whether constructing a wall frame or setting up electrical wiring. This assembly plant's construction method decreases waste and makes it possible to be more productive for workers.

Use of drones and site sensors for fast-track surveying 

With the emergence of drones in the construction sector, developers can quickly perform job site inspections and recognize potential risks every day. They can also be used to track workers throughout the day to guarantee that everyone works safely. Drones are used to take pictures as the project develops to produce as-built models of the job site and keep everyone updated regularly on the transforming working conditions.

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