Technology is advancing so fast we almost can’t keep up. Our homes, vehicles, and work lives are constantly becoming more automated, and with this more efficient (for example, check out the “baby mop”: The construction industry may not be thought of as being highly techy, but it hasn’t escaped the technological wave.
Once considered one of the slowest growing industries, construction has jumped to the fastest growing sectors. Traditionally low-tech, a rapid increase in the use of technological products on the job site has led to dramatically more efficient and safer job sites, increased profits, reduced costs, and faster job completion. With these positive increases, the industry is seeing a large increase in the use of tech, leading to a highly collaborative, networked environment.
Here are some of the recent technological advances that are spurring the construction industry forward.
Rugged job site devices-Wearables
Job site wearables are still ahead of traditional mobile devices like tablets and cell-phones, but just barely. They aren’t able to do everything that mobile devices can–but this is changing. Plus rugged job site devices are waterproof, dustproof, and overall smash proof as they’re made with heavy-duty materials. Plus they have convenient features such as scanners to track shipments, and can even access IBM technology.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
More commonly known as “drones”, unmanned aerial vehicles have been gaining in popularity recently. Because these can be controlled remotely, they make surveying construction sites and taking pictures and videos easy. They can assess the progress of projects and can even be programmed to fly preset paths so no supervision is needed. Drones are helpful in assessing logistics, monitoring as-built conditions, and performing site inspections.
Advanced Business Information Modeling (BIM)
Business Information Modeling is an advanced 3-D models-based technology used for creating and managing project information. BIM can be really helpful in modeling plumbing systems, architecture, mechanical, electrical, engineering, and ductwork.
BIM has been around for years, but recent improvements of it mean that you can do more than just create a visually appealing model of your building. It can condense every detail of a project into a single, workable format. Builders can make better design decisions with all of the necessary information stored in one place.
Software may not be the first thing that came to mind when thinking of advancements in the restoration industry. However, we think a new software can solve a lot of problems in many industries. We’re a little biased because we actually developed a job management software currently being used in the restoration industry now.
With a job management software (specifically Phoenix) all manner of operations is able to run more efficiently. All components of the job are easily tracked and shared in Phoenix, making it the perfect collaboration tool. Communication is effortless as all parties are able to stay connected through this customizable job flow management platform.