Published 01 Jan 2019 / By Gary Montgomery
Australia’s construction industry is experiencing a rapid pace of change. Within just the past few years, new technologies have become standard parts of the way construction professionals both plan and execute projects of all types. So what’s on the horizon for 2019? In this post, we take a look at the rising technologies that will become dominant within the upcoming year.
Australia’s construction industry is experiencing a rapid pace of change. Within just the past few years, new technologies have become standard parts of the way construction professionals both plan and execute projects of all types.
So what’s on the horizon for 2019? In this post, we take a look at the rising technologies that will become dominant within the upcoming year.
Whether made via 3D printing or more traditional factory processes, prefabricated building components will become more widely used. Their rise in popularity will be primarily owed to their ability to dramatically cut down on time and labour requirements.
Modularisation allows for economical construction that can be completed 65 times faster. By working with ready-to-install pieces, crews can limit the amount of work that needs to be done on-site.
Robotic equipment is starting to take over many of the labour-intensive tasks in construction work. One such example of this is the SAM100, a bricklaying machine that can complete masonry work much faster than humans.
Rather than making workers obsolete, many machines are actually helping workers be safer and more productive. In the case of the SAM100, it ups mason productivity by 3-5 times, and reduces their lifting by more than 80%.
Construction project management is transitioning more and more into the online sphere. By using cloud technology and software to store project files and plans, construction professionals are able to improve collaboration. Moving into a digitised workflow is removing barriers that once stalled and disrupted projects, such as poor organisation or lack of access to important documents.
Drones will become the new surveyors of Australian construction sites. They are able to nimbly access areas that workers can’t, as well as get a bird’s eye view. Additionally, their scanning capabilities allow for perfectly precise measurements and readings, giving workers more accurate information to base their decisions on.
All of this will give construction professionals a more complete picture of their project sites, armed with information and perspectives that couldn’t easily be collected by other means.
From tablets to smart sensors, a plethora of devices are now an everyday part of construction work. Keeping these devices connected through the IoT will give construction professionals the ability to keep their project files and stats automatically updated. It will also give them instant access to a range of project information that simply wasn’t available in the past.
BIM software is a modern tool used for creating and managing all of the information pertaining to a construction project, from the planning stage to after completion. Using BIM, architects can develop detailed 3D models of their buildings, which can then be used to monitor and predict performance. These features enable architects to form more strategic plans, diagnose unexpected problems, and optimize building functions.
Virtual reality is giving construction professionals more opportunities for training and design planning than ever before. Wearable headsets can project images of designs onto real construction sites, as well as display useful measurements, readings, and GPS data.
VR will also enhance construction site safety. This visual tech will be able to highlight safety hazards in a worker’s environment, preventing accidents and calling attention to dangerous working conditions.
Data is becoming the driver of the modern construction site. This is why AI and analytics will become widespread. Assessing information gathered from worker input and sensors, AI and analytics programs can develop in-depth reports on project performance, as well as forecasts for time, expenses, and other measurable factors.
These technologies give construction professionals unprecedented insight into the efficiency of their projects, empowering them to make more informed decisions and identify issues that need attention.
The 8 technologies described above are set to make 2019 a year of innovation and modernization. This trend of advancement can also apply to your career, if you get help from the right recruiter.
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