The effects of digital technology have been felt in different industries. These effects are more visible in areas like manufacturing, retail, and agriculture. The construction industry is also taking advantage of the digital technology. Contractors and construction companies have become digitized. Here are some of the ways digital technology is affecting the construction industry.
Use of Mobile Software and Technology
Modern project managers and contractors are now monitoring progress of construction work away from their jobsites. Essentially, a contractor or project manager doesn’t have to move to a construction site at a remote location. They can do so from the office using a mobile device. Mobile software and technology has make project managers and contractors extremely efficient.
Employees can also use mobile devices to communicate and update contractors on progress. They can even send pictures for inspection and verification digitally. Special apps are being used to schedule, send reports, and manage work. This has led to significant improvement in productivity. The software used in the construction industry is largely cloud-based. Thus, any party involved in a construction project can easily access data on a real-time basis.
Use of Building Information Modeling
BIM has led to significant improvement in how people work in the construction industry. This technology enables contractors to represent buildings in 3D rather than traditional blueprints. It’s a solution that is shaping the construction industry’s future. Using predictions and historical data, the technology improves projects and the entire planning process.
3D models can be changed in real-time and the employees can have access to them and even communicate efficiently to discuss progress of the project.
Use of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning and AI enable contractors to use the collected data in their predictions. Intelligent sensors and mobile apps and robots increase safety and productivity at the construction sites. Contractors use them to come up with reports on the amount of work done and even predict completion time.
AI reports use algorithms that report errors on construction sites. That’s because the algorithms can recognize buildings on the basis of their size, location, and shape. Integration of technologies improves understanding of processes.
In addition, virtual reality is used in training workers while augmented reality is used to prevent potential hazards. GPS tracking is used for tool-tracking and delivery times monitoring. Contractors use analytics to analyze timelines, material costs and further steps in construction projects.
Overall, digital technology has led to reduced cost, improved profit margins, better collaboration, time efficiency, and enhanced productivity in the construction industry.