Every year, the number of fatalities in the construction industry keeps on increasing. In fact, in 2015, more than 4,836 workers were killed on the job site, and that means around 13 deaths every day. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways on how construction tech is making job sites safer and more efficient. Here are some of those.
Perhaps, of all the potential game changers for construction, there’s no denying that robotics are on top of the list. One of the few problems the construction industry has to face is the fact that it’s quite challenging to maintain a viable workforce, and this is what makes robotics quite lucrative.
Robotics offers some benefits for construction workers, such as the ability to automate tasks that are not advisable for human because it can be quite dangerous, time-consuming, and challenging. By removing humans from this type of work, you’ll be able to improve the risk profile for the whole project. However, it doesn’t end to that– soon enough, robotics would also improve the predictability of outcomes, allowing machines to do the work accurately, quickly, and consistently over time.
The presence of robots also offers a safer and more productive workday. For those who have knowledge about robots, such as maintaining and managing them, would have better job opportunities. Intelligent machines would also free up the human resources for the kinds of work human should excel at.
Overall, this would lead to a smoother path of safety, productivity, and more predictable project outcomes.
Aside from robotics, there are also smart wearables, such as a bright reflective vest, and other technological innovations like 3D printing. Now, construction companies are able to print full-sized, single story houses in just one day.
As you consider the number of applications that can be enjoyed with 3D printing, you cannot ignore the fact that it’s definitely beneficial in modular construction. Then there’s also mobile prefabrication which is believed to be capable of reducing the time needed to come up with complex building from weeks to hours.
As this technology continues to affect the job site, it would lead to remarkable changes. That means being able to work with mechanisms effectively and being able to manage the projects flawlessly.
A lot of these machines are already available at the job site, and the majority of them are straightforward to use. The beautiful thing about them is that they also break down less often, considered to be more efficient, and precise. In the coming years, project managers should be more open to these innovations.
Virtual reality is another technological innovation to look forward to, and it’s something that would be a regular part of the construction industry 10 years from now. Contrary to popular belief, the most significant difference they can offer would be the formulation of tasks and activities.
This goes beyond BIM as it allows the person to be in the space, while they’re also viewing the project at the same time. That means they’ll be able to see what exactly is happening and perform changes whenever necessary.