The construction industry has not yet entered into the era of Industry 4.0. How can technology help them to reach the height of success?
FREMONT, CA: The construction industry is already behind when it is about adopting digital technology. However, it can be possible if global construction leaders start considering digital tools. It will not take much time for the industries and cities to get into the Industry 4.0 era.
The developing technology in the construction industry, such as building information modeling (BIM), 3D printing, and prefabrication, have already started to reshape the industry. Industrial IoT (IIoT) has digitized the construction industry with the help of multiple sensors that provide every kind of data with no paper-based/manual data achievement. Edge computing, with its capability to install intelligence anywhere, is processing the raw sensor data into real-time project progress and quality status. The mixture of IIoT applications and edge computing can evolve the industry by escalating the use of data and leveraging digital models for addressing the challenge of real-time project visibility.
The requirements like compactness and low power of microcontrollers (MCUs) and System-on-Chips have permitted the edge computing at generally remote and unconnected construction sites, integrating data closet to the source. Tools like drones that have added edge computing and Industrial IoT software can be used for safety, inspection, and location of finished goods or material across construction or fabrication yard.
Data can be helpful if it can be analyzed in real-time, in context to construction or fabrication operations, for making it functional. The development of dynamic digital models of equipment and procedures helps to monitor. These can also be utilized for predictive analytics with AI-based software.
Digital construction improves the productivity of the equipment, avoids unplanned downtime, also augments allocation, and health.
Effect on construction
Edge computing and digital construction projects using IIoT software allow significant stakeholders to have real-time visibility. Digital development can also decrease project disruptions by improving equipment uptime, quickly locating portable equipment, minimizing idle time, and reducing unplanned downtime via predictive maintenance. It can lessen down the expenses by forecasting and hiring only the necessary materials.