The construction industry has been embracing digital technology in recent years – it’s a traditional sector that has sometimes been accused of living in the past but progress in technology in recent years has brought some significant changes to the building trade. Today we’re going to take a look at the way in which new technologies have impacted the construction sector in 2015.
DRONING ON AND ON AND ON
As we try to decrease the risks involved in working at height, finding different ways of carrying out tasks has been essential. Standard advice is to avoid working at height wherever possible and technology has come roaring to the rescue in the form of drones. While the drones cannot actually do the work that needs doing, they can be used to carry out inspections at height, eradicating the necessity of putting a person at risk to carry out the inspection.
Most people think of generic or mobile homes when they hear the word “prefab”. However, modern technology is enabling us to use advanced digital models to create new prefabricated construction projects. With the advent of new fabrication technologies prefabricated building components can be produced in factories and then assembled on site much more rapidly than using a traditional building process. On some projects, robots are being used to assemble the components making the building trade even safer than ever before.
WEAR IT ON YOUR SLEEVE
Wearable smart sensors are the very latest tool when it comes to health and safety in the workplace. Jobsite safety is a major concern for construction companies here in the UK and smart sensors mean that employers nowadays can improve conditions in a number of ways. For instance, smart sensors can be placed in hard hats, wrist watches, boots and other wearable safety equipment and can be used by the foreman or manager to track workers’ conditions while they’re on the job. Nowadays it’s possible to monitor the health and safety of workers via body temperature which can have a significant effect on the amount of time necessary between breaks or even a sudden drop in height.
21st Century trends in sustainable and green construction necessitates the use of advanced technologies in both construction and building design. Architects can use advanced digital technology to design structures that use renewable sources of energy for a more eco-friendly way of living or working. Or architects and designers can take full advantage of the natural light and air available or construct buildings that use reusable water wherever possible. New technology is providing the building industry with some great new green construction materials like recycled metal, smart glass and natural paints - all of which will help us to live in a more environment friendly manner.
In recent years the construction industry has faced accusations of being behind the times when it comes to innovation in technology. However, this is no longer the case as the sector has been embracing new technology and all the advantages it brings to the building trade.