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Everyone would likely agree that the construction industry has changed significantly over the past 40-or-so years. Advancements in building equipment have made it easier for construction crew members to successfully finish projects faster with more precision than ever before. What is less evident to the average onlooker is the impact that technology has played in the construction process. The following are just a handful of ways that the help of the latest technology has aided the construction industry.

Smart PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment)

When most of us think of PPEs (articles of personal protective equipment), you may think of hardhats, visible clothing items, and steel-toe boots. While these are still very much the norm on construction sites, PPEs have received a significant boost thanks to modern communications technology. The latest “smart” PPEs used on construction sites include devices that can monitor worker vital signs, transmit worker location in the event of an emergency, and react with machinery to keep workers out of danger.

Help From Above: Drone Technology

Once a novel sight, now the sight of a drone flying through the skies is hardly noteworthy. One of the reasons for this decreased novelty is their abundance due to increased drone technology. These advanced technologies have made piloting easier and manufacturing these devices cheaper. But how do they help the construction industry? By providing an enhanced perspective of sites for construction crews. When plotting new construction zones to develop site protocol, drones outfitted with video capabilities can give site managers an enhanced view and perspective of the site. Drones can provide insights into work conditions, terrain variations, and much more.

Mobile Management Systems

Like many other industries, technology has dramatically enhanced communications across the construction industry. Not only can contractors transmit necessary plans and documents nearly instantaneously across vast spaces, but they can do so with a variety of personnel. These systems can also assist in the management of construction crews, duties, materials, and virtually every other aspect of a construction initiative.

3D Scanning & Modeling Capabilities

Innovations are enhancing the management of more and more construction site plans thanks to 3D scanning and modeling capabilities. In days gone by, renovations and construction jobs may have been bottlenecked by a lack of existing plans about a location or structure. Today, many construction crews can digitally scan sites to assist them in preparing for a project. These scanning technologies may even supersede the necessity of existing plans as they provide interactive insights about the present condition of a site rather than only information captured in original designs and renderings.

The Future of Construction Tech

What is on the horizon for construction technology? We can only guess. We hope that increases in technological innovation will continue to open new avenues of employment to the construction industry. More than equipment operators, contractors, supervisors, and site personnel, it’s not beyond the pale to see a growing need for technologists among the ranks of construction crews in the future. 

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