There is no doubt that technology has often become a bull in a China shop. Technology has undoubtedly been able to disrupt almost every aspect of our lives. It also has been able to bring about quite a few positive changes as far as the real estate business and construction industry is concerned.
But there is no doubt that as is the case with all sectors, the creation of the main product will continue to be the most critical aspect of this business. Towards this objective, there is no doubt that technology could impact and change how the construction industry works now and of course, in the future.
There are many ways in which technology could make a big difference in the construction industry. With the help of innovative technologies, it is possible to automate certain jobs in the construction industry.
Technology can help with some of the best and most impressive designs. Further, it also could help in coming out with strong, durable and cost effective prefabricated products. As far as sales and marketing is concerned, online marketing could help.
1. 3D Printing
3D printing is one area where new technology can help quite a bit. 3D printing helps in the design and planning of big homes, apartments, and projects. Further, when it comes to public infrastructure and traffic management, 3D printing can help.
Many countries make use of this technology for large scale printing of safety cones and other such things. Though 3D printing is still at a nascent stage, it has the potential of replacing several construction activities across the board.
This will undoubtedly be applicable for commercial, residential, or even public and government properties.
2. BIM – Building Information Modeling
BIM or Building Information Modeling is another area where the use of modern technology is making a significant change. This allows the designers to come out with 3D mock-ups of the different structures that are planned.
Further, it also helps in providing critical information with regard to construction timelines and costs. It would be pertinent to mention here that many medium and small-sized construction organizations are not keen on using BIM technology. This is because it comes with high training and implementation costs.
The cost of hiring experts is quite high, and it also requires training of the existing workforce. Further, investing in technology also costs quite a bit. Budget constraints and other hassles often force many medium and small construction industrialists to go in for the traditional methods.
3. Virtual / Augmented Reality Technology
Many construction companies all over the world have started using augmented/virtual reality technology. This goes a long way in improving the overall quality of worker safety training.
Further VR also makes it possible for workers and managers to be aware of the many types of severe site hazards and prepare for them adequately and adequately. Further, firms these days are also making use of AR/VR technology and mating it to their BIM software.
This makes it easy for developers and contractors to go through a complete and virtual walkthrough of the various structures before they are completed.
This also enables them to make design decisions that are based on facts and are based on knowledge and information. This happens during the construction stage itself.
Though drones are expensive, they are being used by many big construction planers. They come in handy for inspecting and managing sites. It allows developers to accurately map a website and also create 3D as well as 2D images.
Advanced drones make use of a coordinate-based system, and this helps in ensuring that the measurements are done accurately, and there is no room for errors and mistakes.
5. Brick Laying Robots
There is no denying the fact that construction is a very labor-intensive industry. However, labor costs can be reduced quite a bit with the help and use of robotic technology.
This could come in very handy for various repetitive and mechanical functions, and this includes bricklaying and other such repetitive tasks.
They also come in handy for multiple other automatic purposes where repetition is necessary, but at the same time, the quality of work should be okay without any scope for loss.
The Final Word
When all the above factors are taken into account, there is no doubt that the construction industry is going through quite a bit of change, and this is something that will rewrite the way building constructions, highways constructions, traffic management, and other such things are done over the next few years.