By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, May 15, 2019
FREMONT, CA: Technology has impacted the working culture in all areas of business. Construction Industry is not an exception either, but the adoption of these technological practices and their applications lacks momentum. Though there are huge stakes involved in the construction business, the sector is yet to leverage the latest advancements in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and big data among others.
From ideation as well as design and project planning to personnel management and utility integration can gain significant push using current technologies.
Here are a few unrealized potentials that are achievable with the help of technology:
AI, ML, and Big Data
As the complexity of construction increases, so does the data. Expecting humans to manage such data chunks is difficult. But the deployment of Artificial intelligence-driven big data engines ensures a cost-effective and better management of data. Further, Machine learning, that can refine algorithms for better results proves to be an effective solution in project planning and reporting phase.
Mobile Apps and the Cloud
With projects spread out across a geographically broader area, it’s imperative to have a single source of truth for data transparency. Whether it’s ensuring on/offsite communication or maintaining up to date information, cloud data repositories can be relied upon.
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) integrated apps provide rich data that expands the data understanding required in complex projects.
Aerial Data, GPS, and Mapping
With precise overviews and interesting detail that is deployable at any stage, aerial imagery and mapping have enormous possibilities in the construction industry. Up-to-date information reflects real-time development in work and does not necessarily require the visit to the construction site. Various suppliers provide highly detailed aerial data on multiple levels for construction and engineering projects.
GPS and mapping provide safety to vehicles that are used for construction purposes. Some GPS devices offer the best route for the construction vehicles and in turn reduce fuel consumption.
The areas mentioned above are amongst a few where technology has the potential to have impressive effects. Though the use of technology is not limited to these areas, but with current developments, it seems imperative to begin the technological transformations here.