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 New Technology in construction industry to look out for

 New Technology in construction industry to look out for

The combination of construction and technology is nothing new but its an industry that has been continually evolving for many years. There  are various latest technologies like powerful GPS tracking solutions to new construction apps which are introduced every day in the market. In construction technologies are spreading like wildfire. With new materials, design and greater use of digital and mobile the construction industry is going through a technological renaissance that only continues to grow. We have listed the latest technology trends below in the construction industry.

 

1: Smart Buildings

 

 

 

 

 As the growth of technology and internet is booming many of them are turning towards smart buildings. Whether this is for homes, business, or public properties there will be a growing demand for bulidings that can automatically control heating, ventilation and every security systems. These buildings come with sensors and microchips embedded in them at the construction stage allowing smart buildings features to be ready as soon as the building is.

 

2: Energy saving buildings

 

 

 

 

As well as being smart more buildings will have energy saving features that will reduce ultility bills and ensure top energy ratings. Designers are considering these energy savings measures at the design process of a building. These design helps in reducing carbon footprint which will have lots of impact on environment.

 

3: Advanced uses for GPS

 

 

GPS tracking solutions are not a new innovation they are being used in creative and resourceful ways within construction. Surveying has improved dramatically since the implementation of GPS. There is no need to use traditional surveying equipment. Collecting data for prospective project sites as well as sites under construction is now done more quickly and accurately using GPS units. GPS tracking solutions are also used is within fleet management. Project manager now equip each vehicle with a GPS device that can be tracked on computer or on a smartphone which allows teams to know where exactly the vehicle is.

 

4: Modular construction

 

 

This construction technology trend centers on values of flexibility. Multiuse and versatile design. Once seen as a method for portable classrooms or trailers. Modular construction has evolved into a viable option for everything from retail structures to affordable housing units. Modular structures utilize offsite and prefabricated construction techniques  to achieve a consistent quality. This particular method provides many benefits including shorter construction time and a more cost effective alternative.

 

5: Virtual reality will continue to expand

 

 

Another construction technology beginning to gain popularity is Virtual Reality. The use of virtual reality in the construction industry continues to grow providing an extremely immersive experience for users. Virtual reality provides an extremely versatile tool in construction and its application can be seen in multiple areas. Real estate developers, designers and architects are taking advantage of this new design experience to take the customers and clients on a virtual tour of homes, buildings and offices. On a smaller scale home and office renovations redesigns and small construction projects can also take advantage of 3D models to create a more accurate plan of clients demand established during the preconstruction stage. A set of virtual reality glasses bring these 3D models to life.

Wearable Technology That Will Change the Construction Industry

Wearable Technology That Will Change the Construction Industry

Innovative companies around the world are looking to bring more technology to the workplace by focusing on innovating existing equipment. It is easy to think of wearable technology as simply a commodity, used for greater connectivity with the online world, or a tool to track one's physical state. Although it is true, wearables are slowly leaking into the professional sphere, and can actually provide the construction industry with a number of benefits. The impact of cloud technology and mobile devices, wearables are becoming more common in construction, and in the coming years, their use can be extended. Here are some examples of how wearable technology can play a great role in construction industry.


Smart Helmets

 

 

One of the important equipment at construction field is helmet. In this modern technology, Smart helmets are providing a number capabilities that enhance security in multiple ways for users at work place. A company in California, has developed an updated version of the standard hardhat, taking advantage of modern technology. Smart Helmet looks like normal hardhat, but includes a clear visor that shows 3D visual overlays in the user field of view. Through augmented technology, a 360 ° view allows workers to see their entire environment, which will help increase safety and has the potential to reduce accidents in workplaces. The most advanced features of smart helmets include increased work instructions, direct communication to remote workers, and thermal vision.

Bionic Suits for Construction Workers

 

 

Much of the health and safety problems that arise at a construction site are all about hard physical work, which causes long term problems for every worker. To face this, bionic suits provide the ability to pick up and operate heavy machinery with ease. Bionic costumes have the ability to reduce working time for tasks. Bionic suits can have a positive impact in terms of health and safety, but also contribute to greater efficiency and productivity in workplaces.


Safer Safety Vests

 


Another need in the workplace is the safety vest. One of the ways in which the security vest is being updated is through location and tracking capabilities. Some features include monitoring the activities of a worker, distance traveled, temperature and hours worked. With GPS, the danger areas can be defined and if a worker enters these zones, the vest will blink to warn them not to enter. Call buttons are also included for emergency situations where workers will be alerted to the specific location of their injured colleague . Safety vests provide a highly effective tool to track productivity, safety and allow construction companies the ability to increase visibility in real time for each individual worker.


Smart Glasses

 


Although smart helmets, vests and bionic costumes offer countless benefits, they are also priced high. Smart glasses provide an economic starting point. Similar to smart glasses used in the consumer sphere, such as Google Glass, many of these functions can also used in construction. Smart Glass users have the ability to control what they see on their lenses by turning their eyes in certain directions. The user can also access plans, instructions and designs using the glasses. Smart glasses can eliminate the need for bulky plans and paperwork. Everything is portable and accessible at any time that makes the work more efficient. These devices also have the ability to record pictures, videos and voice commands that are integrated with mobile applications.

 

Construction technology : System can 3D print an entire building

Construction technology : System can 3D print an entire building

3D printing is known as additive manufacturing and is a process of making three dimensional physical object from a digital designing. There are multiple 3D printing technologies and materials that can be used for pritinting. Every 3D print starts as a digital 3D design file like a blue print for a physical object. Although 3D printing is commonly thought as a new invention of technology but it is existing from past 30 years. Chuck hull invented the first 3D printing process called “Stereolithography” in 1983. There are various materials that like metal, glass, even food that can be produced by 3D printing, before it was only limited to plastics only. Now the researchers with the help of 3D print are also able to design the basic structure of the entire building. 3D printing systems developed for the construction industry are referred to as construction 3d pritners.

With the help of 3d print technology structures can be produced at a faster pace and its also very less expensive than the traditional construction methods. Customization of the complete building according to the particular site and requirement of the owner is possible with the help of this 3D printing technology. Mix and match of different materials, modification of the internal structures and also material density can also be varied to provide optimum combinations of strength, insulation or other properties is also possible.

Researchers are also claiming that with the help of this approach construction of new kinds of buildings and design will be very much feasible which would not be possible with traditional building methods. The construction industry is still doing things that way it has been doing for more than 100 years. Construction 3D printing may allow faster and more accurate construction of complex or bespoke items which will lower the labour cost as well as producing less waste. It can also help construction to be undertaken in harsh or dangerous environments as well.