Technology is having an unprecedented influence on the construction industry. From cloud-based networking and the invention of digital twins to robotics, super-materials, wearable technology, pollution-eating cities, and even artificial intelligence (AI). This is an unprecedented amount of advancements that are helping to improve construction management. Emerging construction technology is more than a passing fad or a cool new gadget. Modernizing the existing procedures has real-world applications and advantages.
To stay competitive to avoid falling behind, construction firms are incorporating these innovative approaches into their methodology and business processes. These cutting-edge building methods are radically altering how the company works and how upcoming developments are carried out. The following is a list of the top global civil engineering developments. Let’s look at some of the technologies that are transforming the industry today!
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM is related to but not identical to CAD (computer-aided design). It is 3D modeling software used to digitally model what will be constructed. Since each individual and skill field may apply their own component to the same model, rather than branching out into different iterations of a 2D paper drawing, the use of BIM allows for better collaboration in a single design. Hence, BIM has become one of the most common building technologies and should be considered a great risk management tool.
Even though BIM has been around for some time, it can be quite foreign to the outside world, or an individual just entering the industry. A great way to look at it is that you’re actually modeling out in 3D the information and components of a building on computer software. Though that explanation seems to simplify it, it’s usually not as simple as that sounded. Construction management teams can spend countless hours coordinating with other trades to ensure the constructibility of the project. Simply put, we want to make sure the building can accommodate the systems, and Electrical components do not clash with HVAC components, and so on. The efforts made in the BIM processes can help prevent field impacts. Talk about managing risk!
Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
From conducting checks to keep operatives secure to surveying large fields of land in a matter of minutes; the continued growth of UAVs would significantly increase safety and competitiveness in the construction industry.
Drones are by far the most used new building technology. They can perform site surveys more rapidly and efficiently than a ground crew and are less expensive than aerial photography. High-resolution cameras and the data gathered are used to generate immersive 3D or spatial data and models, as well as volume measurements. For example, drones can cover footage of a solar farm. One of the largest being approximately 2,471 acres. That’s a lot of ground to cover.
What’s In Store for Construction Management? “Big Data”
Big data has actually been around for quite some time. The actual term “Big Data” took form around 2005. Construction projects are complex and involve the coordination of workers, materials, machines, and necessary resources. The complexity of these projects necessitates construction managers to be able to handle large amounts of data.
Construction managers are usually in charge of managing large sums of money, so it is absolutely necessary for them to be able to forecast project costs and income. The use of big data technology in this field has enabled construction managers to do just that. Big data analytics has helped construction managers gain more insights into how they can save on their building budgets. Construction companies need to use big data to create better buildings. This data can be used to make smarter decisions about how much time and money needs to go into a project. Big data gives construction companies a holistic view of their work that would be difficult for them to achieve without it.
With the use of Big Data construction sites can become safer and more efficient. They can use data-driven insights to reduce risks, improve quality, and increase profits. It also helps to improve the accuracy of project completion dates. It is not only about making data-based decisions but also about being able to communicate the value of those decisions effectively. What a great tool to help assess and manage risk!
Learn, Grow, and Stay Relevant!
Construction is a vast industry and the moment you stop learning, you become outdated. As you can already see from the rapid technological advancement in the industry, it becomes more important to remain educationally updated to stay an expert in the industry. Construced is one such platform that can not only assist you in learning more about these important developments but also enable you to implement these technologies in your field of work.