I am glad you made it to ConstructionWeb on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. This is a special Tuesday for us and probably you who is reading this, We are introducing a new segment on the website. The segment dubbed Tech Tuesday will zero in on technology in the construction industry, Tech applied from conception, implementation and finally to demolition.
In today’s technology-driven world, it should come as no surprise that many of the biggest 2017 construction trends revolve around new technologies that improve and enhance the building design and construction process. To stay ahead of the curve we will post blogs on technology every Tuesday or what we like to call Tech Tuesday.
New technologies are constantly changing the construction landscape. Drones now make it possible to survey and map a site with ease and at a lower cost. Smartphones and tablets make on-the-go communication a breeze. Digital blueprint apps and other software make it possible to map out a project ahead of time like never before.
This article is all about the most significant changes in construction by examining technological trends and how they affect the entire construction sector. These trends fall into four major areas:
construction equipment and methods
automation and expert systems
Here are the most innovative technologies transforming the construction industry
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
Nobody can narrate the success story of CAD more than an architect who was in the industry before the software and after the software. Manual drafting of technical drawings has been replaced with the use of computer systems to create, modify, optimize and analyze designs.
More focus on CAD in the subsequent Tech Tuesday articles
The only surefire way to protect drivers from being hurt or killed in an accident is to remove them from the equation. Today, operators may be closer to changing their job title to ‘remote control pilot’ than you think.
Royal Truck & Equipment builds driverless trucks that are being used at highway construction sites in Florida. Cat® Command can automate hauling, dozing and drilling. Volvo Construction Equipment is experimenting with autonomous technology in its L120 wheel loader and A25F articulated hauler.
Videos of such will be uploaded every Tuesday meanwhile check out The Fire Fighting Robots
AUTOMATION AND EXPERT SYSTEMS
Technologies such as laser range-finding and geodetic positioning can be used to pinpoint exact locations, to automate storage areas on the job site, and to set guide tracks for remotely operated vehicles. These technologies will gradually be integrated into a coherent system for the highly automated control of certain job site activities.
Automation in the construction sector is usually seen in terms of robotics, and the development and application of robotic systems in all industry sectors are relatively new.
Construction management software has changed a lot over the years, especially since the growth and development of the internet. New versions help not only to increase productivity, but also to track progress and organize the entire construction team. It can be used for billing and as a time clock as well. The process of planning, scheduling, and cost control is addressed through these interfaces.
Well, that’s just the introductory session of our Tech Tuesday articles. For this and more similar articles be sure to check us out next Tuesday,
Other technologies, such as Building Information Management, prefabrication, big data and much more surprises to be featured in subsequent articles