For the past few years, we have been noticing a lot of advancements in the construction industry. More and more companies are moving towards digital technology, and with the help of IoT, everything is slowly becoming more efficient and secured. Aside from that, here are the five essential trends to look out for in the construction industry.
1. IoT Technology
The Internet of Things is made up of several aspects– it includes employee tracking, tech landscape, wearables, such as safety vests and hard hats, drones, and many more. As contractors continue their lifelong search on how to cut costs in the construction industry, a lot are slowly turning to IoT options as a way to improve overall site operations.
Many experts believe that IoT, combined with business intelligence is one of the best ways to make intelligent decisions according to what is being collected. All these decisions are a clear indication that we are slowly making a switch from manual to digital.
Wearables, for example, can track those who are on the field and ensure that they stay protected and away from the hazardous environment. These equipment are equipped with sensors that could monitor whether the machinery is suitable to go or already in need of repair.
2. Automation and Prefabrication
For years, the benefits of off-site prefabrication have been highly regarded, especially in the construction industry. In the following years, we can expect a stronger boost, as prefabrication will be the key tactic in the workplace. There’s also a high possibility that prefabricated buildings would be able to support the anticipated emphasis on housing, which means it would be possible to build a prefabricated home in just 24 hours!
Aside from that, another thing to look forward to would be the broader use of prefabrication as a way of improving the manufacturing process.
3. Cloud Computing
Sharing information has always been a challenge for those who are working on the construction site; this holds true especially when the workers, project managers, engineers, and contractors are scattered in various locations. Thankfully, with the help of cloud computing and storage for data, valuable information can easily be accessed through mobile devices and are readily available wherever you are.
4. Integrated Approach
We can expect that the future of construction technology would involve an integrated approach wherein every part of the company is “match fit” instead of a piecemeal trying to work on some aspects. Through this, relevant information can easily be shared.
5. Near Field Communications Will Gain More Popularity
NFC is a secure type of data exchange that allows data to be transmitted from physical tags, toward NFC-capable devices. This technology is often utilized in mobile payments and was just recently released in iPhone 6s. However, due to its benefits, it’s now being used in Windows and Android devices as well.
This technology continues to become a famous and effective way to exchange data, and we can expect more of it in the construction industry, as it can be used to track materials, prefabrication, and monitor the workers. NFC can be utilized to evaluate prefabricated sections of large structures as they arrive on the site. These would ensure that nothing would be left out.
Author Bio:– Chris is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant at StrategyBeam, where he helps small business owners and nonprofits reach their goals through Internet marketing. He loves writing about transportation issues, emerging technology, and environmental concepts.