The evolution of technology used in the construction industry has accelerated over the past few years. It’s surprising to think that almost everything being used today is connected to the Internet or controlled by technology. That said, here’s the future of technology and the construction worker.
The Use of Smart PPE Wearables to Ensure the Safety of Workers
In the construction industry, safety should be the main priority, and this is what IoT has to offer with wearable technology. For instance, bright safety vests with real-time communications have sensors capable of detecting the body temperature, as well as the unusual activities a worker is currently being engaged with.
That means, during an accident or emergency situation, this can easily be detected, and the wearable would alert the project manager regarding this. Likewise, a wristband that’s worn continuously by the worker will be able to monitor the health of the wearer and issue alerts whenever it detects danger due to a sudden change in pulse or body temperature.
With the implementation of on-the-job sensors, contractors will be able to accurately track the worker’s activity all throughout the day, monitor safety issues, and even map operation based on the individual’s heart record.
One of the main concerns of the construction industry is to be able to use devices and equipment without consuming a lot of energy. This is what the iBeacon offers to construction workers. These are Bluetooth devices that allow contractors to monitor material locations, as well as other employees.
Aside from that, this invention also can transmit location information from users, making them perfect for indoor mapping where GPS doesn’t always work correctly.
Platforms, such as Google’s Project Tango, as well as Matterport, have been changing the way construction workers capture the needed data in the field. For instance, the Matterport Platform has been providing contractors with an economical way to accurately scan the interior spaces of the structure– which is very important for a construction project. This type of technology will not only help construction companies work more efficiently, it will also help their online marketing strategies since they can showcase their industry-leading tech to prospective clients.
Drones and Robots Taking Some Construction Work
Construction projects often span large areas, and buildings could be several stories high. This only implies that inspecting the entire site manually would take days– even when there are already several workers involved. With the use of drones, this type of information can quickly be gathered and stored in just a matter of few hours.
For that reason, companies have already started using aerial drones to conduct site inspections and survey stockpiles. Through this, it has become possible to accurately measure the volumes of inventories in just a matter of minutes.
The Emergence of New Jobs
Once IoT technology has fully controlled the construction industry, we can expect an emergence of new jobs. IT managers would be more needed on-site as they will be the one to manage computer networks that connect the workers with IoT technologies.
For some situations, it would be possible to connect to the local infrastructure using original router boxes. Then, other jobs, such as solar arrays will be easier to manage with IoT innovation.
Digitization of the Best Practices
For construction companies to improve total workforce productivity, they have to consider the scanning of some of the best practices, as well as on-the-job expertise which would have a positive impact on whichever task must be accomplished. However, for them to attain this, they should also pay attention to the use of analytics, as well as the management of performance goals.
The key to powering digital transformation is through opportunity assessment, strategy alignment, value realization, solution road map, and the like. That also implies that companies should be willing to utilize smarter apps capable of improving user experience, and safety.
New technologies, such as drones are perfect for performing scans, surveys, and inspections on construction sites. The information captured can be used to create 3D models which would allow the designers and architects to have a better look at the project. It’s bringing the real world into the silicone environment, but on a larger scale.
The Adaptation of Technology to Construction
The construction industry is one the early adopters of IoT technology, and it is the workers who will significantly benefit from it. The new wearable safety technology, as well as the exoskeletons, will keep the workers safe while being able to improve the overall productivity at the same time.