Technology has, without a doubt, revolutionized each sector in some way or another. The gadgets and gizmos of the 21st century have made the work done in many sectors much quicker and easier and has also improved the quality of work on offer. The things that many businesses do today, we couldn’t even have imagined doing 20 years ago.
The construction industry is one area that has benefitted hugely from advancements in technology. Technology is helping construction businesses in a number of ways, from making structural planning easier to improving security; technology has had a big impact on the sector. Thanks to smart technology, construction businesses run by contractors are able to work more quickly, improve the quality of the work that they offer, and make a better profit.
The question is what are the pieces of technology that have made this possible? Let’s find out.
Over the past few years, drones have started to be used increasingly frequently by construction companies for surveying. Drones allow business owners to get a clear view of a plot of land and whether it’s a suitable construction site, they are also incredibly useful for looking at high areas of buildings, making dealing with roofing issues of other problems high up on a building quicker and easier to do. Today, most large, complex construction projects, such as the building of hotels or holiday resorts, use drones in the planning stages to help speed things up and save valuable time and money. Drones can also be used to show clients the progress on a certain area of the project – just make sure only to show them the good areas, not the problem areas!
Today, a lot of construction companies implement the use of construction cameras on their construction sites. Having a static camera in place from the start to the end of a project can be incredibly beneficial, especially if it’s a high quality, HD camera that records on a constant basis. Although drones can take photos and record and are often used on construction sites, they don’t offer constant recording. So incorporating both pieces of technology is important for construction businesses, especially as construction cameras offer added security. Construction sites are often broken into, which is why it’s so important that businesses ensure that they have adequate security in place.
3D printing is now used across the world by architects and construction workers in an array of different ways. From creating 3D models of projects or using 3D printing to create components and even parts of buildings, this form of printing is readily becoming a crucial part of the construction industry, saving companies time and money. Over the past couple of years, the first buildings made from 3D printed designs have been created, showing how far this form of technology has come. 3D printing not only speeds up projects, but it also cuts wastage, makes construction projects cheaper, and is environmentally friendly. Then there’s the fact that by using a computer to design components, models, and parts of buildings, workplace accidents occur less frequently. Although not all construction companies use 3D printing, over the next few years as it becomes more affordable, the chances are almost every company within the sector will take advantage of this incredible piece of technology.
Smartphone and tablet
Today, there are not many businesses that could function properly without the use of smartphones and tablets, including businesses in the construction sector. This is because these clever pieces of technology have had such a big impact on how businesses are run, that it would be impossible to go back to not using them. From being able to work anywhere to being able to quickly and easily snap a photograph or research something on the internet, smartphones have become a crucial tool for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and it’s easy to see why. For construction companies, being able to order supplies with the touch of a button, look at blueprints via a smartphone, and track project spending via an app, makes life a lot easier.
New technology has changed the construction industry in a variety of ways, making it easier to manage projects, track progress, and save money, among other things. Like many other business sectors, the construction industry is beginning to rely on technology more and more. From using HD cameras to track project progress to using 3D printing to save time and money when it comes to creating models, technology really has come in handy for construction businesses of all shapes and sizes.