Construction is one of the biggest industries today. The UAE especially, is a trend-setter for the world in terms of construction. We have created some of the greatest modern man-made structures. This industry gives a country so much, in long term value. From infrastructures to residential homes; from apartment buildings to commercial ones; from hotels to tourism spots; we are responsible for the imagination and delivery of the best.
Technology has helped us along the way. Every industry whether big or small, goes through changes and advancement. One of the biggest roles in this, is played by technology. As we move forward, we adapt newer and better ways to overcome challenges. We improvise and create new methods for efficiency and effectiveness. From the beginning of time to the 21st century, we have come a long way.
All these new machines and devices, help us build much better. So much so that today we have made monumental structures; in numbers that history has never seen, and at sizes that were historically unimaginable.
5 Ways We Are Moving Forward With Technology
A shift from the physical to the digital world is extremely beneficial for the construction industry. Digital technology has affected a great number of industries across the globe. With the passage of time, construction industry has also passed through advancements. The era of digitalisation has finally reached contractors and their businesses. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of this industry. Progress in technology has introduced successful techniques to develop strong and long lasting buildings. Things like robot workers to 3D printed houses have become a reality so quickly that we might not have realized it. The construction industry has a vast potential, and companies should focus on implementing digitalisation, innovative technologies, and new construction techniques
Following are some of the ways, we see the construction industry going forward with Digital Technology:
1. Mobile Technology
Today, there are software and mobile solutions to help manage every aspect of a construction project. Mobile technology allows for real-time data collection and transmission between the jobsite and project managers in the back office. For companies that genuinely want to empower their people to make the most informed decisions possible, connected construction is the answer. Special apps can also help schedule work, manage and report it back to the main office. When data, workflows, and technology connect, they’re all the more powerful. Connected construction equates to integrated and connected data, workflows, and technology. This solution is extremely time-efficient, and can really help businesses thrive on a bigger level.
2. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Predictive analytics is quickly establishing its foothold in the construction industry. Predictive analytics and machine learning are especially valuable in today’s world of complex construction projects and operations. These predictions can then be used to make more informed decisions and strategize next moves. AI and machine learning proved their usefulness in the construction industry, by turning years of collected data into predictions. This information also gives workers the freedom to focus on higher-value activities that are more likely to move the needle. Algorithms used by AI reports all errors occurring on the construction site as it is able to recognise different building by their shape, size, and location. All in all you can you say AI has a multitude of applications in the construction space, that can speed up planning and make entire operations faster and more efficient.
3. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM(Building Information Modeling) allows stakeholders and suppliers to more effectively plan, design, build and manage a building and its infrastructure. BIM software allows a construction manager to create an intelligent 3D model of a project. It utilizes IoT and AR technologies in order to generate smart management and workflow planning tools. A common practice is combining virtual reality and augmented reality with BIM to achieve greater results and efficiency. 3D models are much better and depict the reality in a way it never did before. In addition to this, by implementing prefabricated technologies, developers can avail of benefits such as site safety, waste reduction, improved air quality, and quality management. It provides an elevated construction experience at all stages, from planning and design all the way to building maintenance.
4. Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)
To date, architects and design teams have significantly improved building design through interactive design and gesture interaction. Where VR is a strictly digital experience, augmented reality is the application of VR technology in real-world scenarios. VR immerses us completely into the digital world, while AR brings digital elements to our surroundings in real time. Virtual reality is commonly used to train workers and augmented reality helps prevent possible hazards. These technologies help ensure ongoing reporting of the building, and allow customers to study projects before construction begins. Whereas, immersive reality combines these two realms into one world, and provides us the ability to work on projects remotely through an immersive design experience. Buildings are becoming more complex, and these technologies help architects and construction teams improve projects and identify design errors.
5. 3D Printing
The way houses are constructed is changing, making it much more affordable for anyone to purchase a home. More and more companies are starting up in the sector to create new, innovative projects. 3D printing's future is bright moving forward, as the technology moves from a novelty to an emerging industry standard. As companies look for ways to improve quality control, address skilled labor shortages, and explore more intricate designs, 3D printing will be here to help them make it a success. 3D printing has come a long way in such a short amount of time, to the point that construction companies are now able to print out an entire home faster and cheaper than the traditional method. Yes, that's right. Today it's possible to 3D print an entire house. What a time to be alive.