For those who haven’t noticed, most construction trends we have this year are somewhat like what we had a few years back, the only difference is that it’s more advanced. What does this imply? There’s a considerable chance that the construction tech we can look forward to in the coming years is probably what we have right now. Allow us to discuss some of them.
Just like its name, there’s no better way to explain big data as “big data. “Basically, big data uses vast amounts of related information where the trend focuses on algorithms that allow it to come up with meaningful insights that help companies in decision making, allowing them to become more productive, efficient, and safe.
Of course, this information comes somewhere– it could be sensors, enterprise resource planning, building information modeling, software, wearables, and many more. This gives technology companies the opportunity to take advantage of data sources like material receipts, digital designs, and video inspections for big data analytics.
Now, they can come up with algorithms that could help with predictive analysis.
With big data, builders would be able to enjoy a remarkable improvement in efficiency, as buildings can be designed better, faster, and most importantly, they will be safer than before.
This technological advancement isn’t new at all. However, it’s expected to have a more significant impact on the construction industry for the coming years. A lot of other tech trends we are going to discuss won’t even be possible without the cloud. That holds true especially for mobile applications, big data, virtual reality, and so on.
As a matter of fact, believe it or not, almost everything around us is using cloud computing. For example, some regular equipment like a safety cone are now embedded with sensors so that it would be able to communicate or alert motorists whenever it’s necessary. This uses IoT technology, and the information gathered is then stored in the cloud.
Just like what has been mentioned earlier, the “cloud” is comprised of storage and computing resources that the device can access through a network connection.
Additionally, a lot of construction companies have been using file-sharing applications like Google Drive and Dropbox to make it a little more convenient for their contractors, workers, and clients to work with one another when it comes to accessing permits, designs, and other necessary documents.
For that reason, we can expect that cloud-enabled and mobile-friendly devices would probably be the next generation of software that would be very useful for construction workers.
This doesn’t only apply to the construction industry, but other sectors as well. We all use mobile phones, and the construction industry is no exception to this.
In a job site, tablets are getting more and more popular, and with faster Internet, together with cloud-based technology, transferring of information has never been easier than now.
Though, aside from that, mobile phones are also used for tracking, invoicing, estimating, design, material ordering, printing, collaboration, and many more. In the following years, we can expect that more software would be developed, and these would improve productivity, efficiency, and safety even more.