Technology today is used in almost every aspect of our lifestyles from the way we communicate and the way we learn. The construction industry has benefited tremendously in reducing costs, keeping projects on time, and improving the quality performed on sites. Advancements in technology has come a long way to improve and enhance our construction sites, keeping them safer and more professional. A path to the future of construction has been paved.
One of the most useful devices used out on the field is the drone. It can be used to perform a variety of requirements such as those listed below:
- Create accurate site inspection reports and land surveys
- Capture necessary information in a shorter amount of time
- Eliminate human error
- Improve accuracy of an assessment
- Drone Footage to be turned into 3D Models
- Creating promotional videos
Building Information Modelling (BIM)
In recent years, Building Information Modelling, also known as BIM, has advanced greatly within construction. Allowing intricate details and interactive 3D models of a project visually, brings necessary information from a project. This further reduces mistakes within a project by seeing it from a different perspective. The BIM process eliminates the situation of general contractors and clients from working individually, while on the other hand, it enhances the client and contractor relationship by allowing both parties to collaborate efficiently.
Augmented Reality, a specialist software, lays images and data over a physical plain. This specialized equipment is particularly useful for complex projects and can be utilized to see potential hazards and issues before they are built. Initially, the software can keep a project from falling behind schedule due to unforeseen complications.
Mobile Apps and Devices
Used daily on jobsites, smartphones have numerous apps that allow workers to document data, access plans and important information for a project. Apps such as Procore, Insightly, and BidMail (used by Aguilera Brothers Construction, Inc.), improve efficiency, accuracy, and project consistency.
With a broad range of devices specialized for jobsites, accessing information has never been easier. For example, some devices contain protective screens suited for more than just an accidental drop, and other gadgets feature screens that can be seen in bright daylight.
Written by Shelby Morales