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How Technology Can Improve The Construction Industry

How Technology Can Improve The Construction Industry

Technology is changing the world we live and work in irrevocably. Failing to harness this power and utilise it in business can mean you are doing your company a huge disservice. One such industry that could overhaul its work by implementing new and existing tech trends in the construction industry.

Improved Collaborations

Using technology on the job site allows contractors to communicate and collaborate more easily with architects, owners, and teams. They can gather information on the job site, share it with others, and ask questions and receive feedback in real-time.

Online and mobile apps are useful for everything from;

Building information modelling (BIM), bid management software with integrated response trackers, mobile devices with automated alerts and notifications, online plan rooms and virtual meeting platforms, and GPS tracking are common examples. These advancements can improve real-time communication and collaboration while reducing downtime and errors.

Better Design

Machine learning can be used to investigate different variations of a solution and generate design alternatives while considering the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and ensuring that the routes for MEP systems do not conflict with the building architecture.

The predictive design considers many factors such as weather, location, and the creation of digital building twins to extend the life of a building.

Efficient Processes

Mobile technology, such as tablets and smartphones, combined with cloud-based data storage and management systems, aids in the efficiency of job-site workflows. Contractors can access blueprints, documents, contracts, and other critical information from the job site in real-time, reducing wait time, leading to serious delays and allowing contractors to avoid costly mistakes.

Easier Compliance

Electronic document management systems can allow you to upload multimedia files to ensure compliance at each step of the project. Improved documentation throughout your team can mean you can access files on demand and ensure compliance leading to fewer mistakes and fines as you can keep on top of progress.

All systems are secured, allowing only those with the right credentials to access the information. You can make sure your files are encrypted and secure regardless of the device used to access the data.

Improved Employee Interactions

As many construction companies know, it can be a task to complete accurate timesheets and control lead times and employee efficiency during larger projects. An employee management system accessed via mobile devices can record employee hours, streamline timesheets, including overtime.

Real-time employee tracking processes can improve accuracy, reduce manual errors and track employee data, including training records, absences, and other important information

More Accurate Quotes

Intelligent modelling can allow users to change the building model in real-time to see how they affect cost and labour. Thus allowing designers and contractors to better visualise how different design scenarios affect the appearance of the building while also considering costs and time constraints. Another bonus is that it can increase the likelihood that the project will stay within the budget and within the initially predicted timeline. Finally, this technology enables project teams to make more informed decisions in less time.

 

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Lisa Ventura (AKA ‘Cyber Geek Girl’) is a Content Marketer, PR, Digital and Cyber Security professional, and is an active blogger and influencer. She loves technology, gadgets, sci-fi, heavy metal music and is fascinated by hacking/cyber security and nuclear war. ‘Cyber Geek Girl’ is Lisa's window to her world and contains articles, reviews, advice, interviews, hints and tips on a variety of different topics and subjects that she is passionate about. Lisa loves dogs and is the proud owner of a GSD/Husky cross dog called Poppy, who is her world. She can be contacted via hello@cybergeekgirl.co.uk.

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