Technology has grown in leaps and bounds through almost every industry. This is why you shouldn’t be surprised to see it making such an impact within the construction field. While technology can be a hassle on occasion, it helps improve the work that is being completed. It also allows workers like yourself to accomplish more throughout every day.
Here are the top 6 tech trends within the construction industry:
1. Utilizing Drones
Drones are one of the best tech trends that we are seeing within the construction industry. This trend is saving time and money, while also keeping workers like yourself safe. Instead of needing to climb up to the roof of the building that you are working on, you can simply send the drone up to take photographs and videos of everything that you need. The information can be transmitted in real-time, which means that if you see a problem, you can investigate further right away. That means that you will not need to attempt to find that same issue again later on. Doing a survey of a roof or a lot of land with a drone can save you time and energy. Think of what you can do with all that time that you save!
2.Utilizing Virtual Reality
Drones may save you time while keeping you safe, but virtual reality will really change your life. While this is a fairly pricey tech trend within the construction industry, the results that it can yield are amazing. Imagine being able to immerse yourself into the blueprints of a building. You can virtually walk through the building and see what it looks like. With this technology, you will see any design flaws before you begin spending money. This technology is an excellent way to prevent problems and save money. That means that virtual reality can save you time and money while delivering a perfect project every time.
3. Utilizing Mobile Devices
Over the years, many different computer software programs have been designed for the construction industry. However, not many of them were compatible with mobile devices. Now, most software that is worth using is compatible with both your computer and mobile device. Imagine having daily field reports, documents, job cost reports, customer information, and schedules at your fingertips whenever you need them. You won’t keep people waiting for the information that is needed or need to drive to where the information is.
4. Increased Use of Smart Safety Equipment
Accidents can happen on a job site more often than anyone would like. This is why we think that one of the best tech trends is smart safety equipment.
While you may not want to have an accident when you are working, wouldn’t you love knowing that what you are wearing can help save your life? New work boots are available. They connect to Wi-Fi and can send out GPS signals if they believe that the wearer has fallen or is simply just tired. With these work boots, you no longer need to worry about working away from anyone else and having an accident. Somebody will be notified immediately, and you will have help before you know it.
Overheating is another issue on the job site. That is why technology is being utilized to create moisture-wicking materials that can cool you down much quicker. Cooling vests are also getting to be less bulky and cumbersome, which means that you won’t throw a fit when it is time to wear them.
5. Utilizing BIM
BIM, or building information modeling, is a step below virtual reality, but you will want to consider using it until you can activate VR into your business practices. The BIM will create a computer model of the entire building you are constructing and show how all the materials that you choose will hold up over time. While you may still find potential issues with items being in the wrong location, you can solve many problems before you begin the construction process. The good news with this tech trend is that the owners of the buildings you work on can easily create maintenance schedules using the information that they receive through the BIM.
6. Utilize BIGapp
BIGapp is one of the newest tech trends within the construction industry and it was designed to help contractors, subcontractors, skilled crews and laborers.
Bigapp.work is a platform that provides solutions for both ends of the industry. On one end, the platform that helps companies or home-owners who need both large or small scale construction jobs completed find competent contractors, subcontracting crews and workers who can get the job done on time. On the other end, Bigapp.work is a solution that provides regular jobs to contractors, subcontracting crews and skilled or unskilled laborers – depending on the job.
Using Bigapp is very simple and easy and free to sign up and get started on. When visiting Bigapp.work for the first time, you can see the Job Map where all the current jobs in your area are listed. From there you can find any job and bid for any job that you are qualified for.
While the app is developing and improving every day, it is active and has completed countless jobs while providing even more jobs to its users.
These are six of the top tech trends that you will be seeing in the construction industry now and in the very near future. Of course, since technology continuously changes, don’t get used to these trends too much. There are bigger and better things on the horizon, and you will need to keep up with them all!