The construction industry has been infamously known as a sector the lags behind in its implementation of modern technology. However, this isn’t due to a lack of want or trying, construction technology is a complex area and it is only recently that this has managed to catch up with the demands from the construction industry.
We use modern technology in every aspect of our daily lives, from satellite navigation on our cars to smartwatches to track daily steps. While the majority of these innovations are created to make our lives easier, construction technology’s main focus is safety.
Big Data is utilised across a range of businesses to eliminate the almost impossible task of human minds having to process substantial amounts of data. While this does alleviate time in the construction industry, it also crucially picks out probabilities and patterns of risks.
Artificial intelligence works similarly but can learn from previous data, very much like our own minds. It can be applied to the design process of a structure and implement the knowledge of different teams to prevent clashes between plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems.
Drones are increasingly more common within our home lives and at work. Their most popular feature is the use of cameras. Flying these over a construction site can provide a quick overview of the area. This provides an insight into any potential risks and hazards which can be flagged and rectified with speed.
It is imperative in any sector of the professional world to be able to maintain quick and clear communication. Most forms of communication nowadays involve the internet, from emails, video calling and instant messaging.
It isn’t just physical safety that is a concern, financially worries can plague the sector. ‘Cowboy builders’ are becoming a thing of the past with the use of blockchain technology. Bitcoin is the most popular example. As a contract is drawn, each party understands the stipulation of this and payment will not be delivered until the contract is complete.
This is why 5G and Wi-Fi 6 can be seen on almost every construction site in the country. The installation of fixed lines is a time-consuming and costly task and with these new inventions now readily available, they are becoming redundant.
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