A series of innovative ideas in construction have been used to bring a remarkable difference in the industry.There is no shortage of tech gadgets for commercial projects as there are a number on offer for various projects. More enticing are the low costs of the tools that lower the barrier for adopting these tech gadgets on site. As I mention on my website LeverInjuryLaw.com construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and incorporating more technological gadgets can certainly help with worker safety where applicable.
James Barrett, chief innovation officer at Turner Construction, acknowledges that there needs to be an incremental approach to tech adoption. Turner also states that it can be easy to get caught up in the “coolness” of these tools, but they also do offer real solutions to problems faced on sites. Furthermore, these technologies offer the most favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. Here is a look at some ways these gadgets are making their way on construction work sites.
1. Real Time Location Systems
Real time location systems (RTLS), like the Bluetooth-powered beacons, are being deployed to connect both the physical and digital world through ways that make life easier and safer. Their functionality matches the indoor GPS. A good example is Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority in Boston testing beacons that utilize smartphone apps to better track riders’ behavior. In construction, RTLS relates to synchronizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) with built environment that boosts job site safety and efficiency.
Drones possess a tremendous potential to help mitigate job site risks and enable smarter ways of construction. Drones can be used in surveying for building in an environment that is sensitive to lagoons, preventing future dangers. In addition, drones pose a good return on investment for construction companies because they are cheaper to fly instead of using manned aircrafts and are faster than human surveyors.They also collect data at a more frequent rate as opposed to having construction workers track a site’s progress with a degree of accuracy that a drone brings.
3. Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) ties together the construction processes and safety protocols through harnessing the potential that results from 3-D environment immersion. By engaging people on so many levels, VR enables empathy learning as it places individuals at the center of the experience. It can be easy to wonder if VR is a stretch for construction, but it isn’t. It can be incorporated in the safety of workers- the age-old problem in construction. Safety training using VR has the potential to prevent a number of worker tragedies on work sites. The use of a simulated construction site can show how and where to use safety precautions. VR can also be useful in educating architects and engineers, of whom many have never worked or spent a lot of time on construction sites during their academic training. Having a virtual construction site could bridge that gap and help them to understand exactly what happens exactly on job sites.
4. Cloud computing
In order to make timely decisions and enhance reporting ability, the construction industry requires the use of cloud computing. The system provides companies with benefits that assist in the setting up of easy access to company data. This helps in updating the ever changing workers and setting up of new job locations. One of the benefits, among many, for using cloud computing is the ability to be flexible.
Construction sites are not going to have a conference room or a meeting place to convene once in a while, which leaves the use of smartphones, tablets or laptops on work sites. The all-encompassing work of construction has the ability to be everywhere but with the cloud, all work can be stored in one virtual space ready for access anywhere. Seeing as there is no everyday office for construction workers, it helps to have a virtual space where everything is found through the cloud.
In conclusion, it is apparent that the construction industry has undergone significant changes over the years. It is also clear that contractors are making more use of modern technology at construction sites. The technological progress has not only enhanced efficiency and quality, but it is poised to reduce the occurrence of fatal accidents at construction sites as well.
David B. Lever, founded the law firm, David B. Lever & Associates, PLLC in 2014 and is the firm’s top legal strategist. He has fought for the rights of accident victims and consumers for over 24 years. His area of practice is Personal Injury-Plaintiff, that includes construction accidents.