Digital twins, which are extremely common in the manufacturing sector, have the potential to fully change the construction sector. A digital twin is a simulated model of a construction site that gathers real-world data about the structure.
Fremont, CA: Until recently, the infrastructure sector's success in terms of technology use lagged behind that of other industrial sectors such as the automotive industry. The sector has been characterized by low levels of digitalization, sluggish productivity, low profitability, a fragmented ecosystem, massive waste contribution, low digital adoption, low reliability, and high fault rates.
The Covid 19 crisis has completely changed this, forcing construction companies to exploit technology in order to balance worker protection and efficiency actively. Digital solutions can assist project managers in maintaining consistency when attempting to function remotely, managing workflows and data accessibility, and monitoring sites and progress. To prioritize investments, organizations should critically evaluate their requirements and existing capabilities. Many solutions can be introduced or scaled quickly.
Let us look at some emerging technologies that can make a significant difference in the way construction firms plan and execute:
Digital Twins: Digital twins, which are extremely common in the manufacturing sector, have the potential to fully change the construction sector. A digital twin is a simulated model of a construction site that gathers real-world data about the structure. The digital twin employs a variety of technologies, including AI and IoT, to constantly track, learn, and gain insights into the feasibility of a project. A digital twin can be used for research, modeling, planning, and maintaining regulatory compliance. Since the digital and physical models are continuously synced in real-time, any deviation will assist businesses in taking corrective steps and using the insights to track the project in real-time. A digital twin can also be utilized to create a replica of a factory or a house, and construction companies can run simulations to assess the effect of various scenarios. This helps to greatly reduce project risk. Multinational engineering and construction companies are now using a digital twin of a construction site in progress for rapid design iterations and continuous remote monitoring of physical properties.
Geo-fencing: Geo-fencing is a GPS-based system that allows equipment or people to be monitored. It can be utilized to build a virtual boundary that guarantees that if people breach the boundary deliberately or accidentally, a warning is sent. Geo-fencing can also be used to ensure worker safety and keep them from accessing unsafe areas. For example, if an explosion is taking place on a construction site or heavy machinery is being used, workers must be alerted and prevented from entering the designated area or region. Geo-fencing may also be used to avoid the theft of valuable machinery or raw materials, as well as to notify authorities of any unauthorized movement of equipment or persons.