Technological advances have enabled the construction industry to transform in many ways. We’ll be discussing how technology has assisted in the growth and development of this sector.
Overview of the construction industry
The construction industry is one of the oldest in the world, going back to ancient times when humans had to build shelters and huts out of natural resources.
There are approximately 2.9 million construction workers in the UK and the industry is projected to make £418bn in revenue this year.
The industry doesn’t typically fall within the technology sector, as workers have always carried out manual labour to get the job done. However, technological advances have enabled workers to carry out their roles more easily and efficiently.
Health and safety improvements
The construction industry can be dangerous due to the many hazards that could potentially cause serious risk of injury or death.
Today’s technology enables the use of robotic equipment and drones to tackle the high-risk elements of a project, meaning workers can easily work from a safe distance and report potential hazards as early as possible.
Technology can also present warnings when necessary. You can now use helmets as wearable tech, which they can keep track of how much time you have spent on-site.
Tired workers are more likely to make a mistake and potentially cause injury. Now, a piece of technology can tell you when it’s time to go for a break, as rests are essential to getting the job done safely.
Improvements in tools across the industry has reduced the number of injuries seen on the job. For instance, the development of ergonomic Milwaukee toolboxes which allow workers to carry tools more easily, helps to reduce strain thanks to the handy wheels included in the design.
Forecasting and material usage
Developments in forecasting and surveying technology have provided the ability to estimate the necessary materials required for each job more accurately.
This allows companies to reduce any overspending on materials and increase their sustainability, as fewer materials are wasted.
Design and building CAD
New 3D rendering technology helps architects to create digital models of each project with complete precision. This allows construction workers to create exact and accurate structures, perfectly meeting client requirements.
3D printers also increase the speed at which construction projects can be completed. They present the exact model and structure that is needed, rather than having to assume what has been asked of them.
Future tech developments
Virtual and augmented reality provides the ability to view digital projects in life-size form before construction takes place. You’ll no longer need to show clients drawings or 3D models, but instead can create an immersive VR experience.