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Advanced construction technologies played a crucial role in helping contractors navigate the many challenges of 2020.
Like other sectors, the construction industry has experienced significant impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many innovations have seen increased adoption over the past 12 months as companies place greater emphasis on safety, efficiency and cost savings. Other cutting-edge solutions promote tighter coordination and agility as conditions evolve over the life of a project.
Let’s take a closer look at the high-tech tools that are helping contractors position themselves for success in 2021 and beyond.
Smart equipment that can be operated remotely offers many benefits for contractors. Besides enhanced safety, remote technologies facilitate seamless information flows across physical locations throughout the planning, design and building process.
With applications ranging from surveying to inspections to progress tracking, drone technology is seeing rapid adoption in the construction industry. Drones help contractors pinpoint and eliminate safety hazards, obtain accurate measurements and order materials in the correct quantities.
Autonomous earth moving machines and similar equipment reduce the number of workers required to be at the job site simultaneously and simplify operations. Robotics promote contactless collaboration and enable the equipment itself to transmit real-time data to backend project management systems. This helps contractors realize improvements in accuracy, speed, efficiency and client satisfaction.
As one of the fastest-growing trends in commercial and residential projects, modular construction involves manufacturing components offsite and then transporting them to the lot for assembly. Both modular construction and 3D printing can speed up project completion and reduce worker density on the job site. Besides cost-effective production and reduced labor costs, 3D printing reduces construction waste for more sustainable projects.
Cloud-based building information modeling (BIM) enables designers to construct a building virtually before the shovel hits the ground. Virtual or augmented reality tools make it easier to communicate design ideas and correct errors. BIM ensures that all requirements are met, necessary materials and equipment are available and trouble spots are addressed early.
Collaboration platforms let participants share data in real time through a single, user-friendly interface. Key capabilities include automated design and planning, schedule optimization, workflow management and progress tracking. Change orders and errors can be addressed quickly to avoid unnecessary costs and delays.
Ordinary tools and apparel can be transformed into information gathering devices using IoT technology. Radio frequency identification (RFID tags), barcodes or QR codes enable objects to transmit data from a specific location within a job site to backend platforms.
IoT technology can support a number of construction applications from remote operations to fleet management. Wearable technologies can monitor worker productivity and alert management to safety hazards and accidents. This helps to create a safer job site and lower workers’ compensation costs.
More and more, contractors are turning to innovative solutions for getting the job done on time and on budget through challenging times. If you’re looking for the right tools and materials for your next project, reach out to Mid-City Lumber today!