Are you making use of the latest construction technologies? New technologies in construction are projected to make job sites safer, make day-to-day work more efficient, and reduce operations cost. Here are the latest technologies making an impact on construction industry in Australia today.
1. Driverless vehicles
La Trobe University’s recent trial of driverless vehicles certainly proved promising, not just for travellers but for those of us working in construction. Driverless trucks, controlled from a safe distance by technicians, could keep workers away from hazardous construction sites. Autonomous vehicles are expected to be useful for a range of construction tasks from transporting material and personnel to drilling and dozing.
2. Laser scanning
Laser technology already is making site assessment more accurate and efficient. Using ‘point cloud data’, lasers capture a highly detailed image of a site, which can then be integrated with BIM and CAD software during the design process.
3. Augmented reality (AR)
Construction is just one of many industries making use of AR technology. It can be used to overlay a proposed design onto a physical space to provide a useful visual aid for workers. It can reveal safety hazards or show information such as the time and GPS data.
4. 3D printing
Advancements in 3D printing have seen this technology adapted not just within residential building but also within the commercial construction sector. Used to fabricate buildings or construction components, 3D printing has been shown to economise labour and resources, minimise waste and improve safety.
5. Building Information Modelling (BIM)
You probably knew BIM was a nifty way of viewing 3D blueprints, but these interactive models offer much more value to those of us working in construction. From planning and building, right through to maintenance, BIM stores and reveals useful details at all stages of a structure’s lifecycle.
6. Wearable technology
Wearable technology such as smart glasses are now offering a more convenient, hands-free alternative to mobile phones on construction sites. Smart glasses will make existing functions like health tracker and GPS more convenient, while introducing new and advanced functionality such 3D overlays, 360-degree cameras and instructions displays.
7. Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of things is slowly making the world more connected, and what better than a more connected construction site? With sensors that transmit data on metrics such as fuel use and diagnostics, and sensors that monitor worker locations to improve safety, the internet of things will provide a more holistic view of construction sites.
Presently being used to replace traditional surveying practices, drones take high quality images and can travel where human workers can’t. There seems to be no limit to this new technology’s industrial applications.
9. Construction exoskeletons
Market research firm Arcluster has predicted that the global exoskeleton market will increase from from $225.3 million in 2016 to $3.75 billion by 2021. Exoskeletons will reduce physical stresses on labourers for tasks such as heavy lifting, reducing the risk of injury and improving productivity.
As technologies improve year on year, robotics is expected to take a greater role within construction. Robotic arms will be used in conjunction with traditional labour, for things like bricklaying and transportation.
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