As the saying goes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it; there’s still a lot who are skeptical about moving forward regarding technological advancement, especially in the construction industry. That’s one of the few reasons that there’s still a good number of construction companies relying on manual data entry, spreadsheets, and paperwork.
If these companies would only realize the benefits they can enjoy the use of technology; chances are, they will slowly be accepting this with open arms.
Futuristic and current technology isn’t just a trend or toy, they’re something that could make the job site more efficient and safer. They are known for modernizing current processes and help a company remain competitive, with minimal chances of being left behind. All that is needed to be done is look for ways on how to implement this into your strategy.
That said, allow us to discuss the three examples of future and current construction technology.
1. Cloud-Based Digital Collaboration
The construction industry is one of the few industries where accuracy is critical– especially with project plans. However, doing this manually doesn’t fully guarantee that it would be free from any mistakes. Fortunately, with cloud-based digital collaboration, it has become easier to manage projects.
As projects become more complicated, and the project teams become more diverse, the use of a single cloud-based collaboration platform has become possible. This allows real-time sharing of relevant information even while on the go.
Aside from that, workflows are also digitized, and project teams could quickly and efficiently work on their tasks, ranging from document reviews, contract administration, and many more. Indeed, with this kind of technology, stakeholders will be able to make ROI driven decisions that would lead to better outcomes.
2. 5D BIM
We are all familiar with 3D BIM, but the future of the construction industry has more to offer. No doubt about that as BIM continues to be in demand. It’s currently a $2.5-billion software market and keeps on growing every year.
Despite that, this technological innovation has received mixed reviews– some praise it, and some don’t, rest assured that the next generation, which would be the 5D technology, is something that would bring a remarkable change in the market– not only in the design phase. In fact, with 5D BIM, project owners and the contractor could now manage spatial design with ease, while being able to pull critical cost and schedule information.
Furthermore, unlike traditional models, 5D BIM also can deliver more accurate results, especially when appropriately implemented. It could mitigate risks and resolve the problem before it even arises.
From construction equipment, wearables, speed bumps, and anything in between, chances are, it’s already embedded with IoT technology. IoT technology is one of our current technological advances that capture forms of project data in real time.
It allows equipment to communicate with one another through wireless technology, and the data can also be gathered from equipment and machinery in traffic equipment like orange cones. By being able to capture this critical information, project managers would be able to analyze the project plan even more. The beautiful thing is that this technology continues to evolve, and we’ll see more of this in the future.