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Navigating the rise of technology in construction

The construction industry is undergoing a profound transformation. Technological advancements are surging forward and  revolutionising construction practices. According to recent surveys, 97% of construction professionals anticipate increased investment in digitisation within their companies over the next three years. However, this digital revolution is not merely on the horizon; it's already here, and it’s reshaping how we conceive, design, and execute construction projects. In this article we’ll dive into the booming world of smart construction technology, exploring the innovations driving the change and what the future looks like for the industry.

Getting a lay of the land

Traditionally, understanding and surveying construction sites required manual labour and extensive groundwork. Surveyors had to physically explore the site, relying on measurements and consultations to identify potential challenges. However, the emergence of drones has revolutionised this process. Drones provide a bird's-eye view of construction sites, capturing high-resolution images and data that can streamline surveying tasks. With the help of drones, construction professionals can now efficiently assess terrain, monitor progress and identify areas of concern, saving both time and resources.

Design and architecture

The integration of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies has fundamentally transformed the design and planning phases of construction projects. Digital twins, virtual replicas of physical structures, enable architects and designers to visualise and interact with their creations in immersive virtual environments. By leveraging AR and VR, stakeholders can collaborate more effectively, review designs rapidly, and anticipate challenges before they arise. This innovative approach not only enhances creativity and precision, but also optimises resource allocation and can minimise costly errors throughout the construction process.

Worksite safety

In the world of smart construction, safety takes centre stage. Advanced sensor technologies, such as MSA Safety's ALTAIR io™ 4 system, are revolutionising worksite safety by proactively identifying and mitigating hazards. These sensors detect both visible and invisible threats - from toxic gases to potential structural weaknesses ensuring the well-being of workers in hazardous environments. By harnessing real-time data and analytics, construction companies can implement targeted safety measures and digital technology to improve safety protocols onsite.

The new workforce

Automation is reshaping the landscape of construction, enhancing efficiency and productivity while augmenting human labour. Rather than displacing workers, automation technologies complement and empower them, particularly in tasks requiring repetitive precision. From AI-driven machinery maintenance to autonomous vehicles and robotic arms, automation streamlines workflows, accelerates project timelines and reduces labour-intensive tasks. By embracing automation construction companies can achieve greater operational efficiency, allocate resources more effectively and can deliver projects on time within budget.

Communications across the industry

Staying informed in the rapidly evolving landscape of construction technology is crucial. Companies must grasp the intricacies of emerging software and machinery to make informed decisions. Both workers and buyers require a comprehensive understanding of how these technologies operate - their limitations, maintenance protocols, and applications for various work environments.

With this in mind, it’s the responsibility of the manufacturers to provide continuous education regarding the usability of the technologies as well as the standards and legalisations that concern them. Sharing this knowledge can be done in various engaging forms such as;

  • User manuals
  • Video webinars
  • Podcasts
  • Whitepapers
  • Explainer videos
  • And much more

By prioritising knowledge-sharing, companies can empower their workforce and drive innovation in modern construction.

Clear’s conclusion

The future of construction is undeniably bright, propelled by the continuous level of technological progress. From drones and digital twins to automation and worksite safety innovations, smart construction technology is revolutionising every space of the industry. As we look ahead, we are filled with excitement and anticipation for what lies on the horizon. By embracing these technologies and investing the time to educate the industry on them, we can build a future where construction is not only smarter but also safer, more efficient, and more sustainable than ever before.

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