Big data is not new, but only now can we see that it is being applied in the construction industry. It can be used to evaluate trends in traffic, the atmosphere and the weather to decide when construction can begin and achieve the most productivity.
FREMONT, CA: The construction industry is well known for sticking to more conventional practices, not because of a lack of desire to modernize but because of the nature of the company.
There is no space for error in a company where people's safety is at risk and companies can be seriously damaged if incorrect calculations are made or products are not properly used.
But the situation is changing rapidly. Now that several pieces of technology have been tested, tested and refined, 2020 is the year in which construction will finally take full advantage of modern technology and equipment.
Here are some main developments in construction technology that will have an impact on the industry in 2020—and will continue to do so.
Big data is nothing new, but only now can we see that it is being applied in the construction industry. It can be used to evaluate trends in traffic, the atmosphere and the weather to decide when construction can begin and achieve the most productivity.
Both Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ML will be used to assess if there are any bugs in the design plan and ensure that the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems do not clash.
AI can exploit automation for routine activities, increasing productivity; AI technology can save up to 30 percent of business time.
The Internet of Things (Iot)
Anyone with a smart computer is now using the Internet of Things in their everyday lives. IoT is now being rolled out to building sites. Smart apps can sign in and out workers, monitor footfall, and geolocation technology can flag any threat before a disaster strikes.
Robotic and Drones
Robotics can be programmed to do routine work, release workers from challenging tasks and provide more hours of work for more complicated work.
Drones are reducing waiting times for the material to be delivered—instead of waiting days, products can now be on-site within a few hours. Drone cameras can be used to provide a brief view of the site and recognize hazardous areas to improve protection.