As we talk about construction technology innovations that have been enhancing job sites, the first thing that comes to mind would be the IoT technology, drones, 3D laser scanning technology, BIM, virtual reality, and other advancements that have made the production process more accessible.
To give you a better idea what these technology innovations are, allow us to discuss the top 4 construction trends that have been changing the construction industry for the better.
1. Project Managers Are Turning to Robotic Total Stations
RTS promises to reduce the workforce, as well as to be able to save time. This is a win-win situation for any construction project, and probably one of the reasons that contractors are slowly turning toward robotic total stations for laying out the plan.
With RTS, they can eliminate the need for manual labor, and it’s easier to locate the points much faster as compared to the use of the total mechanical station. The need for the instrument is unnecessary with the help of robotic total station. All that is needed is to clamp the data collector to the pole and proceed to walk, while the total station will continue to shoot until you zero in on the point.
Not only will you be able to save labor cost related to having an individual at the station and the pole, but you’ll also be able to keep time as well because the system would be continually shooting it.
Learning this isn’t complicated at all. A 2-day training session is enough to teach the crews how it works.
2. Project Organization Software
Even those who are working outdoors can now take advantage of the technology. This has been made possible with the help of project organization software that allows the workers to organize plans and request information from their phone.
With this, they can save up to 10 hours per week and have a single platform that can be used by everyone. The speed at which users could access information could improve the workers’ efficiency, especially whenever they have to document the project.
However, the most significant advantage of this is that everyone can work off the same set of blueprints at the same time, giving the assurance that everything will be accurate, reducing the needs for revisions.
3. Construction Tools That Are More Efficient
The work involved in the construction industry isn’t simple at all. Over time, workers will eventually feel fatigued and weary. Often, this can lead to musculoskeletal disorders of the hips, extremities, neck, and back.
This would have an impact on the mobility of the worker, affecting their efficiency. This isn’t limited to that. There are occasions where workers can also get hurt while they are handling heavy machinery and equipment.
That’s why most workers have “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” Repeated bending causes it at the wrist, but can also be pressing the wrist against hard objects for an extended period, of holding tolls lightly.
With the recent innovations in technology, workers won’t have to suffer from this anymore. The latest advancements in materials and designs have resulted in a lighter and less stressful tool and equipment for everyone to use. Gone are the days where construction workers have to carry out all the manual labor.
4. The Implementation of Wearable Technology
We all know how smart IoT devices and equipment have helped the construction site. Let us not forget those that are also used in traffic, such as the intelligent traffic cones. However, it doesn’t stop that.
The construction industry is taking advantage of these technology innovations to the fullest. One of which is through the use of wearable technology ranging from smart glasses, watches, wristbands, and other wearables you can think of.
All of which can be customized to track workers to ensure that they are in their optimal positions all throughout the job site, and this would have a significant impact on the overall workforce productivity.
For instance, the smart vests are probably one of the newest and most innovative wearable technology that also has GPS capabilities, built-in alert systems, vital monitoring, and emergency buttons.
Although it’s still relatively unique in the industry, rest assured that smart vests have been offering tremendous benefits to construction workers. There’s also the intelligent helmets with helpful features, such as emergency alerts, fall impact detection, and even video recording.