With urban areas of Australia experiencing significant population growth, construction activities are rising to meet demand. The global construction industry is expected to grow by 4.2% between 2018-2023, and the Australian construction sector is enjoying its piece of the pie.
New structures are being built to accommodate homes, offices and even emerging industries. This has led to the need for more efficient and effective construction technologies on the worksite.
Construction companies are implementing innovative and advanced technologies in order to shape our skylines with safer, more useful and more durable structures. Let’s look at some of these trends.
1. Use of Wearable Technology
In construction, wearable technology is being used to improve efficiency, safety, and connectivity on the worksite. Workers can now use wearable devices to communicate their location in real time, to receive instructions, and to exercise better risk management.
For example, smart helmets can monitor worker fatigue, display plans and alert wearers of worksite dangers.
2. Construction Management Software
Long gone are the days when construction work was done using a pen, paper, and spreadsheets. While construction management software has been around for some time, it’s becoming an increasingly important component of any construction project.
Construction management software is also useful for coordinating the work done by subcontractors and other personnel relevant to the project. In this way, builders can be more transparent with their customers and provide real-time updates of the work being done. They can also foresee challenges in advance and take a proactive approach to find solutions.
3. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality provides the dream platform that every builder has been waiting for. Having the ability to visualize a project in live 3D form, make changes to it, and optimize the process before work begins is truly a game changer.
Builders can now estimate costs better, work out timelines for the project and assess environmental impact even before a piece of earth is moved.
Augmented reality is becoming a valuable construction tool for many different companies. With the click of a button, realistic 3D views can be overlaid on the worksite to help plan for the entire building process.
4. Device Convergence
Mobile technology provides a convenient way for workers to collaborate on site, however, construction companies have typically struggled with the decision to either use company smartphones or tablets.
While tablets have larger screens that make it easier to access digital images and blueprints, smartphones are capable of communicating without relying on a Wi-Fi signal.
The convergence of phones and tablets to create phablets (phones with larger screen sizes) has made it easier for builders to access the best of both worlds. Construction companies can now deploy devices capable of carrying out multiple functions. Workers can access construction software, make calls and collaborate in real time because of this device convergence.
5. BIM for Enhanced Safety
With BIM (Building Information Modelling), buildings are now being designed as an interconnected package from start to finish. This means that HVAC systems, lighting systems, and fire safety are all being considered even before excavators begin moving earth.
These smart building designs leverage construction technology and real-time collaboration between engineers, designers, builders and other construction professionals. The end result is a smarter and safer building designed with minimal wastage to resources.
6. Use of Better Estimating Techniques
Perhaps the most beneficial trend in construction technology is the ability for builders to estimate their projects more effectively. Using advanced estimating software, builders are now able to save time and money when planning for a construction project.
They can create accurate estimates for material costs, subcontractor costs, overhead costs, and much more in a fraction of the time of traditional methods. In this way, customers are able to receive more accurate pricing and builders can work out their margins more effectively.
Cubit (a natural estimating platform) is an advanced and easy-to-use platform that allows builders, contractors, surveyors and more to plan their projects more effectively in a shorter amount of time.