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Adopting the right technology and taking complete advantage will help construction platforms overcome the challenges faced by the industry at present.

FREMONT, CA: Construction platform has been one of the slowest industries to adopt the technology. The construction platform faces many challenges, and deploying technology is the only way to overcome them. As a result, the managers are aging out of the industry, making way for the younger generations to apply technological innovations with less resistance. The project owners require the use of various technologies as a pre-requisite for funding. Besides, there is an increased number of solutions that are remarkably great and are designed for the construction industry. Connectivity and computing power have enhanced dramatically, making mobile applications a lot more reliable, robust, and user-friendly. By utilizing cameras, drones, GPS, and RFID, technology is making it easy to capture data without human intervention. Here are some of the technological changes for construction firms.

AI

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can potentially have a greater impact on the construction industry, but probably not for a few years now. One sudden application is job site safety. There are already simple tools that can analyze video from job site cameras and spot the risk and hazards. They can also determine workers' movements to check whether or not they're accessing a scaffold or carrying materials up a flight of stairs correctly. Gradually, AI can be used to help improve the project schedule by understanding and learning through data from past projects and flagging matters that can further lead to delays. It can analyze the performance of building over time and deliver material according to the recommendations. However, AI needs to access relevant data to learn from, so the industry needs to digitize initially.

AR and VR

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR and VR) are taking the output of BIM software and making a virtual model of the structure. This helps the subcontractors to walk through the VR site and watch out for the risks before building. It also enables the contractors to spot potential issues in a virtual environment and solve them even before constructing.

Business Brains

Most of the ERP systems offer tons of reports, but the people want to mix that with data from other sources. They should be able to look at the data three-dimensionally and be able to drill into it. ERP systems do not have that kind of ability, and as the amount of data firms have access to increase, the need to have a business intelligence platform together and generate analyses and models increases as well.

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