Throughout the years there have been many technological advances that have helped many construction companies reduce delays and even eliminate errors. To begin with, Virtual Reality has become a key component for visualizing a job site before it is actually completed. Also, keeping track of communication among the team members of any construction site is very beneficial when there is a possible issue that may result in detrimental results. Communication plays an important role in making sure that a small issue gets taken care of as soon as possible before the project continues. Take a look at five technological innovations for construction that may be useful for your next project! Let’s begin.
Virtual reality started out in the gaming industry but has now been introduced to other industries. During the Winter Construction, 4D virtual reality models were used to showcase stakeholders of planned construction during the design stage of major projects including an entertainment complex and an airport hotel. This allowed for an interactive experience before finalizing any plans. Additionally, the virtual reality has provided a flexible schedule, allowing work to be done during unique conditions and also allows a company to get a detailed perspective on a construction project, improving everything from safety to the final product.
Augmented reality allows users to walk through real 3D environments while gathering and viewing additional real-time information about that environment. For instance, a new iOS app called Measure Kit allows users to point their phone or iPad at an object or building component, and interact with that component through the screen in three different ways: measuring, leveling, and placing objects. It is very beneficial in any job site to have a real perspective of the final product to ensure their decisions of design and execution.
Furthermore, there have been many innovations in the machine learning industry, for example, Smartvid.io aggregates visual data from the job site and intelligently analyzes it for a variety of purposes including safety, quality, progress tracking, and marketing. Smartvid.io constantly analyzes photos, videos, and other visual data from the job site, and looks for safety violations, as well as tags items by room associating them with plan data. This allows folks in the job trailer or the office to quickly find visual information about the site without having to sort through masses of data.
A predictive analysis would be able to handle risk management in a better way. In 2017, BIM 360 Project IQ ran beta tests with leading-edge companies to see how much they would help them manage their risk through the use of predictive analytics. Project IQ analyzes data from subcontractors, material suppliers, design plans, and the site itself to analyze risk factors based on historical data. It also provides a dashboard where the general contractors can identify which elements of their projects have a higher risk, and allows them to drill down to see the reasons for the risk assessment.
Connected Job Sites
Lastly, there is sometimes lack of communication between job sites, trailers, design offices, and engineering which can be costly and delay the overall project, that is why job site connectivity is becoming easier to achieve. With a connected job site, everyone on the site has access to up to date documents and holds the ability to file RFI’s and issues in that very instance. Consequently, everyone in the design and engineering team has immediate access to everything that is happening on the job site. communication among everyone allows many issues to be reduced and mistakes are nearly eliminated.