Not too long ago, 3D printing, the creation of a 3D object from a digital file, felt like the stuff of the future. When 3D printing was first talked about, we had lofty expectations for how the average consumer might benefit. Could we print out our dinner one day? How about the fork used to eat that dinner? If that dinner, and many others, clogged an artery, would our doctor print us a new one? Construction firms and architects have taken a different perspective entirely, however.
Historic preservation means keeping a piece of history alive and many people are all for it. We love to look at the old architecture and feel connected to our country’s history. We want to be able to share memories and teach the next generation about their roots. As strains on space become more of an issue, building reuse will only become more popular. Many buildings and homes throughout the country have been carefully tended for years to keep their original splendor and charm while others need new life breathed into them. Either way, keeping historic buildings and homes in tip-top shape increases their value. How does technology play a role?
Job costing is a pretty basic requirement for all construction projects. You have to track and account for all costs associated with a project. To take it a step further, you should also categorize these costs based on their relationship to the project. Common examples of these include labor, materials, equipment, subcontract charges, and burden.
Working on a construction site can be hazardous. According to OSHA, construction fatalities account for 19.5% of the total fatalities across all industries in the U.S. It has been a long-standing factor of the construction industry for contractors to have to balance trying to meet their safety goals with the knowledge that devastating consequences are possible. Safety policies and procedures exist to keep workers as safe as possible, such as OSHA standards for a workplace to be free of known dangers. Even with these policies and standards, hazards still exist, but that doesn’t mean a worksite has to be unsafe. Technology has stepped up to create safety measures that didn't exist before.
Over the last few years, there has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things, or IoT. What is IoT and what can it do for you? We have the answers. The internet of things is a network of remotely controlled devices. Anything from your fridge or your babycam to the HVAC in your office building. Any of these physical things can be connected, or networked, and controlled remotely. The applications could be endless for your home. You could control everything from your garage door to your coffee maker and beyond. If you forget to turn off the oven or want to change the temperature on the thermostat, you can do it from your smartphone. It gives users so much more visibility and control, which can lead to more safety. How does it work? It’s actually quite simple. It is a combination of processors with real work electronic sensors.
Construction jobsites are evolving. Technology is playing a bigger role in every aspect of construction projects from the way engineers and designers collaborate to the way we track onsite employees. Construction has not been untouched by the advances in technology- even the small mom and pop shops are finding ways to integrate technology into their projects. This more technologically advanced jobsite didn’t happen overnight, of course. It took time and several steps to get to where we are today.
As a construction specialist working in the technology industry, our Construction Technology Architect Adam realizes the potential tech has to transform the construction industry. To help others best understand how technology in construction has evolved, and therefore where it can lead in respect to app integration, business intelligence, and security, he has broken it down into the three stages of triple sight; hindsight, current sight and foresight. Hindsight Hindsight is all about learning about and analyzing the past.
Every building project has its surprises. From a small DIY project to building a hospital, things don’t always go according to plan. This efficiency-sucking truth could change for construction firms through virtual reality. Virtual reality is more than just a cool way to play video games. It has applications across many industries and disciplines from helping veterans cope with PTSD to touring a college campus from across the country. Its application to construction could have a significant impact on building and planning projects.