Construction technology continues to improve yearly. Traditional tools and equipment are becoming ‘smarter’ and modernized. In fact, even traffic safety equipment, such as traffic cones, are also getting developed in a sense that they’re now embedded with sensors and GPS.
It doesn’t stop that; even the Oxford Economics revealed that the construction industry is slowly embracing digital engineering and there has been a remarkable increase in their revenue– 5.9%. Although this is just the beginning, it shows that the new age of engineering has a lot of potential waiting to be discovered.
A few years from now, digital technology has a high potential to improve efficiencies and boost profitability in the construction industry, where the work zone would positively benefit from it.
Here are some of the ways on how the new age of engineering and construction tech would work together:
1. BIM Would Drag the Construction Industry into the 21st Century
One of the most notable changes that have been happening in the construction industry for the past few years is the adoption of BIM modeling to the point that it has been slowly replacing blueprints with highly detailed 3D models.
Information management and engineering are at the very core of BIM, and it combines all the necessary information into one place, resulting in a systematic multi-stage comprised of specifications and drawings.
With BIM, common issues, such as clients and contractors working in isolation can be resolved, as it makes it easier to coordinate, collaborate, and make decisions. Not just that, as BIM continues to grow, it also ensures that the construction project would be successful as the maintenance engineers are even allowed to obtain necessary information to manage the upkeep of the building.
2. The Making of Smart Buildings That Are Energy Efficient
As we talk about energy efficiency in the construction industry, we can’t deny that it’s a game changer that everyone has been looking forward to. With smart building together with their embedded technology, it has become possible to adapt and optimize building controls, such as heating, window tilt, lighting, and so on.
Not only does it improve energy efficiency in real time, but it also ensures the safety of those who are involved.
3. Development of Drones
In the last decade, the construction industry has been developing ways on how to improve the productivity within the construction site while making it safe at the same time, and this is where drones entered the scene.
Initially, these were used by the military, but now, it has become a handy tool in monitoring the construction site. There are also wearable smart sensors capable of controlling the quality and usage of PPE wearables, while tool tracking helps engineers track what is happening on the site.
4. The Integration of New Technology and Materials
Last, but not least, would be the integration of new technology and materials on the construction site. Perhaps, one of the most significant developments that happened in the past few years would be the advent of 3D printing, which cuts both the cost and time of constructing buildings.
This allows companies to keep track of their equipment, and be able to print whatever they need– materials and parts at a very affordable price.