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Technology Adoption in the Construction Industry

by | Jan 25, 2021 | Construction Industry

When was the last time you took the time to learn about the different types of construction technology available to your company? If you’re not sure, then it’s been too long. 

Technology in the construction industry is quickly changing and allowing businesses to complete projects in a safer and more efficient manner. Although you’ve likely used various types of software to help complete administrative tasks, there is an abundance of advanced construction technology that is available for use in the field.

Spot Migration wants to help your construction business succeed by sharing how new technology can be put to use. Keep reading for more information. 

Construction Technology Improves Decision Making

Intelligent modeling allows for designers, contractors, architects, and other decision-makers to virtually alter a building’s design. This technology also gives information about the possible impacts on labor and material costs as well as time constraints. 

The ability to make hypothetical changes during an ongoing project and to see the potential outcomes will improve your team’s capacity to make cost-effective decisions. Additionally, the use of this type of construction technology will improve the chances of projects staying within the set timeframe and budget. 

Promotes Fluid Communications

A few short years ago, building plans had to be emailed back and forth to answer questions, approve budget changes, and make improvements. With the use of cloud technology and various mobile apps, this is no longer the case. 

Instead, this process can be completed by simply leaving a comment in the document about a proposed idea. Each party is notified about the changes, comments, concerns, or suggestions, and can respond accordingly. These activities can be completed in a matter of moments, with an easy-to-follow record of changes, keeping everyone in agreement about how the project proceeds.

Increases Productivity

To increase the overall productivity of each job site, artificial intelligence may be used to sift through data that is collected in the field. This data may come from equipment tracking sensors and smartphone applications that track workers’ movements throughout the day. 

Once all of the data is analyzed, this construction technology may offer insights that can improve the layout of the job site, minimizing the amount of time spent retrieving various materials. 

Additionally, your construction company may wish to implement the use of drone technology to document a project’s daily progress. The photographs and scans can be compared against your construction schedule and 3D models to help determine how the project is advancing or if changes should be made to meet upcoming deadlines.

Construction Technology May Help to Predict Outcomes

Consistently using AI technology throughout construction projects will allow these programs to collect information that may help you to predict the outcomes of future jobs. These predictions can help improve your ability to successfully bid on projects while maintaining your profit margins. 

The outcome of a future job or proposal isn’t the only type of prediction that AI can make. This technology can also inform you of any errors made as well as how they may affect the end result of each job. This can be helpful when determining how/if corrections should be made. 

Enhances Job Site Safety and Worker Training

Job sites can be dangerous places and without proper training, they can be deadly. The construction process can be made safer by using augmented and virtual reality simulators to improve worker training. 

This technology allows workers to experience different aspects of construction site hazards including the use of heavy equipment, working in cramped spaces, or managing a task from rooftop heights. 

You may also choose to include adaptive signage that displays safety checklists or reminders regarding PPE. The applications of construction technology to enhance the overall safety of your workers is almost limitless. 

Cost Management of Labor & Materials

Having an efficient team of workers and a cost-effective supply chain are two of the biggest ways that construction companies can manage costs. However, poor recordkeeping practices can negate the built-in profits of both of these factors making it imperative to ensure that time tracking and expenditures are notated clearly.

Although there are several types of technology that can handle this task, a software solution that is designed for the billing methods used by construction companies is ideal. Your administrative team can easily see the costs of materials, the hourly rates of workers, how much time is spent on a job site, and other details that allow your team to make better cost management decisions.

How Will Construction Technology Improve Your Business?

Implementing new construction technology will help your business gain a competitive edge over other companies in your area by improving your bidding abilities, increasing job site safety, and allowing for clear, concise communication with subcontractors. 

Each of these factors can help keep your costs low further driving a client’s desire to work with your company on future projects while also keeping your profit margins above average. 

If you are interested in learning about how your business can implement the latest construction technology or would like to improve the efficiency of your infrastructure and networks, book a call with the experts at Spot Migration.

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