July 16, 2024

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5 Major Construction Technology Trends To Watch In 2019

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There are a lot of new technologies entering the construction industry, and each of these innovations promises to be the best. The majority of these technologies focus on helping the industry meet the demands and ensure safety at the same time

It’s the technology that makes it possible for various companies to do more without having to sacrifice a lot of things. 

There are also other technologies that focus on helping companies streamline everything, ranging from contracts to communication, as well as revolutionizing collaboration. Here are some of the significant construction technology trends to watch in 2019. 

1. Cloud and Mobile Technology 

A few years back, people aren’t even familiar with cloud technology. That’s not the case anymore. As a matter of fact, most mobile devices work through cloud technology, and this can be observed anywhere you go. 

There are a lot of advantages that you can enjoy from using the cloud, such as being able to store a limitless amount of information that can easily be shared by a single click of the button. It’s also very affordable as compared to other technologies nowadays. 

2. Advanced Uses for GPS 

GPS isn’t something new. Just like traffic devices, such as orange cones that keep the area, as well as the motorist well-informed about what’s happening around, GPS tracking has almost the same, yet more beneficial use. 

They’re being used in more creative and useful ways, such as surveying. This has dramatically improved because construction workers wouldn’t have to rely on traditional surveying methods anymore. Aside from that, data coming from prospective project sites are now easy to collect, and they are always accurate. 

For project managers, GPS can be beneficial in fleet management, and that’s why most vehicles today come with a device that’s easily trackable through mobile phones and smartphones. This allows everyone to know the exact location of vehicles. That means finding lost, or stolen cars are also comfortable because project managers can now create maps that would give the precise location of these. 

Despite all of these, a lot of people in the construction industry are still a little skeptical, thinking that there’s still a lot of improvement that should be done. 

As the applications in wearable tech, as well as autonomous vehicles, continue to increase, rest assured that driverless cars will also be affected. It would reach the point that it wouldn’t be limited to certain services, but more and more industries will start using them. Soon enough, you’ll begin seeing them in the form of trains, trucks, buses, and many more. 

3. Block Chain 

This is probably the most popular type of technology next to digital currencies, such as bitcoin. For those who are still not familiar with what block chain is, it’s considered to be one of the best applications for the construction industry

One great example of this would be the smart contracts that leverage block chain’s distributed ledger system that allows it to come up with a digital record for every transaction made, and the materials used. Through this, companies wouldn’t have to worry about the technical aspects of the contracts, and they could focus on other important matters instead. They’ll be able to work with various subcontractors as they’ll be able to keep track of deadlines automatically. 

4. Wearable Tech 

This is quite common, and probably a lot of people are familiar with this, but it doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be discussed. Wearable technology has several uses, and it goes beyond Google Glass, Fitbit’s, 3D glasses, and many more. 

It’s a kind of technology that keeps the workers safe in the construction site. Aside from that, it would also allow the workers to be up-to-date at what’s happening around them. They’ll be able to track when there’s an accident, and that’s why this is becoming mandatory in most work zones. 

5. VR and AR 

Virtual and augmented reality are improving the safety in the construction site through better training, and it also makes information readily available for project managers and construction workers who are in the field. 

With virtual reality training programs, trainees learn everything they need to know regarding how to operate heavy machinery. This eliminates the risks and the occurrence of accidents while they are in the workplace. Likewise, it also gives them the idea of what to expect if something like this happens in real life.