5 Ways Technology is Changing the Face of Construction

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There are many different kinds of new technology being used in the construction industry, and they are producing amazing results. Additionally, there are older types of technology being used in the industry but only recently, and they are providing equally impressive results. Some tech is changing the face of construction though, and below, you will see five great examples.

Fenestration Tools

Fenestration software tools are used to help with accounting, inventory, delivery project management, human resources, shop floor scheduling, and more. With technology like this, it will make it easier for you to keep track of products, employees, and the customers that you service. Also, through this technology, you will be able to help keep your business more organized, which should allow it to run smoother.

3D Printing

3D printing is one of the primary ways technology has changed the face of construction. In fact, it may have revolutionized construction more than any other aspect. China has decided to invest heavily in it, and the nation was able to print the first house the world has ever seen. It did not look marvelous or complete on the inside though. Also, it did not have a roof, plumbing or electrical connections. It was just a large concrete shell, and again, it was the first one ever, which proved to be quite important.

The house gave the construction world a preview of the viability of the technology in construction because most people familiar with 3D printing probably know it from reading about its ability to reproduce weaponry and organs. As the tech advances and details are able to be replicated, you will probably see more consumer products that are currently results of construction like playhouses, storage sheds and garages. The more probable and desired application will be for applications for components in construction.

GPS Tracking

It is fairly simple to explain how GPS tracking has changed and continues changing the construction business, and it is not even used to build, repair or look for damage. Instead, it is being used to change the way construction companies improve risk management and improve inventory integrity. Recently, GPS tracking has become routine for things like construction equipment. It has helped insurance rates because providers give incentives to have GPS tacking because equipment can be located as soon as it is stolen. Finally, the tech helps people in charge of equipment know where it is as soon as it is in the wrong place.

Drones

In most people’s minds, drones are used as weapons, a method to infringe on privacy or a toy, but they provide the construction industry with new ways to get insight and look at projects. For example, using a drone to scan the entire length of power lines for malfunctions and damage is safer and cheaper than sending teams of people to drive the length of power lines or climb them. Also, drones are now being flown up and down and beside buildings to check the structural integrity and for damage.

Until this technology started recently being used in the construction industry, only people with knowledge and experience for rock climbing and building infrastructure could find the damage. It took longer and was not as thorough. Now, humans only have to go up if the drone finds damage. This saves on labor and insurance costs, and it is a lot safer for people. Also, drones are being used to look for leaking pipes and aging, underground infrastructure, so they can also be used below the surface too.

Building Information Modeling

3D computer drafting is pretty normal for designing smaller consumer products like cars and furniture, but building information software, which is beginning to see widespread use, is utilizing 3D drafting tech for the construction industry. It has dramatically improved efficiency because construction companies can create blueprints and design their projects within a virtual environment. The next step is combining this technology with geographic information systems, which will fall under the classification of a construction revolution because it will ensure plans will work within the infrastructural and geographical constraints of a project.

Many aspects of the five examples above can be combined to save project managers time and money. Also, they help to prevent the financial horror stories about having to change plans or rebuild in the middle of a project. Finally, they provide great assistance in reducing the risk of injury and death to human beings.

My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.

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