As many industries integrate technology to take their businesses into the future, it's important that construction does the same. No matter how unaccustomed you are to technology or how old-fashioned your business is, there are tools you can easily use to bring your company up to date. Here are a few easily implemented methods for using technology in construction work.
1. Time Management
One of the best ways to utilize technology for construction is by adopting time management or productivity-tracking software. Construction has often been left behind when industries like retail become streamlined and optimized for productivity. But by using software to track time cards, get the location of workers on-site, and enable real-time updates on progress, construction companies can easily become more productive and time-efficient.
Take your tech-friendly attitude to the next level by adopting AI for workflow, zero trust security, and for handling the busy work and tedious, repetitive tasks that would take a human worker an inordinate amount of time to complete. AI removes the possibility of human error, making any task complete a one-and-done situation. AI can also identify for you when proper information is missing, or when the provided information is erroneous, making little mistakes a thing of the past. Plus, most constructions have mountains of data that are being lost or neglected that, with AI, can now be saved and utilized to avoid redundancy.
In an industry with as much potential for danger on the job as construction, it's essential that workers receive the best and most thorough training possible. One way construction companies have found to enhance the training experience is by using virtual reality. Using VR during training gives workers the closest experience to being on-site without having to actually expose them to dangerous situations.
Workers can learn "on the job" about what to do in these situations and will be better prepared for when they come up in real life. VR can train workers to operate cranes and other heavy machinery, can take them through the job site beforehand to go through the safety checklist for that particular site, and allows managers to see exactly how well the workers are assimilating the information. Plus, training can now take a fraction of the time to complete, since all aspects can be done in one room with one VR set.
3. Skilled Labor
In many areas of the world, there is a real shortage of skilled laborers for construction work. In the past, this has meant stalling big projects or taking years to complete something that should have taken less time. Thanks to technology, such as drones and autonomous equipment, this is no longer necessarily the case.
Utilizing drones to capture footage of the prospective building site means getting a clear picture of possible hazards without endangering any workers, and means any reporting done on the conditions of the site will be 100% accurate. It will now be possible to get accurate, day-to-day reports on building progress without having to send anyone to the site in person. Autonomous equipment, such as self-driving excavators, uses 3D models of the terrain to navigate and execute tasks without the need for human operators, freeing the workers to do the more complex tasks that aren't able to be automated.
With technology like BIM (Building Information Modeling), it's now possible for construction companies to give their stakeholders a detailed model of the project to enhance collaboration. Any changes made to the building or site will be updated on the BIM in real-time, meaning anyone collaborating on the project will always have the most recent information. For obvious reasons, this will enhance your company's ability to communicate ideas and ensures the best possible collaboration on any project.
By innovating ahead of the curve in your industry, you'll be enhancing all areas of your business for success. Learn more about how to use technology in construction and start reaping the benefits right away.