5 Emerging Construction Technologies in the Construction industry
The United States’ construction industry is one of the largest markets worldwide, according to Statista. It reached a value of $1.31 trillion in 2019. With continued industry growth — even after the recession during the COVID-19 pandemic — technologies are advancing to make construction more profitable, more efficient, and safer than ever before.
The industry is certainly facing challenges. In 2021, the cost of materials is skyrocketing with demand. It’s also more expensive to ship materials because of delays that can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions.
Technologies are emerging in this space, spurred on by growth in the industry and newfound challenges. They are making construction more efficient, improving the safety of workers, and creating new opportunities for innovation within the field.
Here are five emerging technologies changing the way the industry works.
Through the use of artificial intelligence, construction projects can be monitored 24/7 for everything from safety, to quality assurance, to project tracking, to ensure that production stays on track at all times.
INDUS.AI does all of these things at once and gathers data in the process through its construction risk management software. While the system monitors worker safety — and can alert a site manager if something goes wrong — it can also help identify hotspots or root cause(s) of various risks. These AI-driven insights are pushing the industry further on each and every construction site. Not only are they customized and targeted for each site’s needs, but they also can be analyzed to produce a more efficient workflow.
INDUS.AI’s construction management software can cover key aspects of job site monitoring, from project management to safety zone violations, to quality control, to security breaches, or even COVID-19 PPE requirements. All of this information is pooled together to create a comprehensive assessment of the safety, performance, and efficiency of each project.
The construction industry is paving the way for artificial intelligence resources to become more widely adopted and recognized as reputable assets for project management.
Augmented Reality in Building Design
Augmented reality, or virtual reality, can help architects and builders model projects with fewer mistakes. It provides a realistic picture of a project while offering a time and cost-efficient way to plan a project. Augmented reality can be used to help remote working teams collaborate faster and more efficiently.
Augmented reality can help with blueprint design as well, by creating 3D models that are more flexible as site plans need to change. There’s even a smart helmet that uses augmented reality to help workers understand job sites and see projected plans in real life.
Wearable Safety Technology
The construction industry has been one of the most dangerous fields for workers for many years now. With the onset of wearable technology, workers can be more protected now than they were wearing simple hard hats and safety vests.
Various types of wearable technology exist, but here are a few examples:
- A wearable safety sensor helps workers stay out of harm’s way and monitors project progress at the same time.
- These safety vests have sensors that activate, light up, and sound an alarm when a worker is in harm’s way.
- Smart boots can monitor safety, efficiency, and industry regulation compliance.
Prefabrication & Offsite Construction
Prefabrication and offsite construction reduce the amount of time spent on each job site and can make projects more efficient. Aspects of a project are brought in already completed and need only be implemented on-site. This reduces the amount of disruption and surprises on a project and can help keep construction sites on projected schedules.
These Prefab constructs can also reduce workplace accidents because they are created in a manufacturing facility, where processes are more simplified and streamlined than on a worksite where multiple activities are going on at the same time.
To help workers maintain physical strength, reduce the stress on the body, and to prevent accidents, construction exoskeletons provide a layer of safety by monitoring how the body is responding to certain environmental stressors or activities. The construction industry is facing labor shortages and an exoskeleton can help reduce the strain put on workers during everyday projects.
Technological advancement within the construction industry is expanding beyond safety, to project efficiency, automation of workflows, data-driven decision support, and even in the reduction of unnecessary costs.
INDUS.AI’s construction management software takes all of the major concerns of the industry — safety, efficiency, innovation, expenses — into consideration. With comprehensive artificial intelligence software that can mitigate construction risks, losses, and delays, INDUS.AI is the leading industry innovation.
Artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies work together to make the field a safer place for workers, a more profitable place for businesses, and a more efficient project for developers, architects, and designers.