Technological innovations are spreading like there’s no tomorrow. For those who are making a living in construction, engineering, and architecture, chances are there’s definitely a lot for you to look forward to.
Something that wouldn’t only improve overall efficiency, but would also ensure the safety of the workers.
Here are the latest innovations in construction tech.
1. Robots on the Construction Site
Since the advent of autonomous technology and robotic technology, their primary goal is to be able to implement this kind of technology in backhoes, loaders, graders, and many more. We can say that it has been working so far, as there have been a good number of applications already deployed on the construction site.
For example, there are bricklaying robots that work alongside construction workers to improve overall productivity, while lessening the strain on these workers as well. Aside from that, there’s also autonomous track loader that utilizes LIDAR as well as digital files to guide itself around the area and perform the cutting and filling whenever necessary.
Other construction robots to look forward to includes dump trucks, self-driving trucks, and other heavy machinery.
2. Circular Business Models
A lot of experts consider this as something that’s more of a philosophy than technology. Circular business models were initially built by a European construction group Royal BAM as their pilot project. The main idea is that it would be capable of doing careful tracking, and the like.
Wherein, some of the materials used in this project would increase its value over time. That’s why business owners are trying to come up with ways that would allow them to lease materials.
3. VR and AR Being Part of the Preconstruction Process
Virtual reality used to be limited to just video games, but times have changed. Now, there’s beginning to be a part of the virtual environment. As a matter of fact, it’s slowly starting to make waves in the construction industry. Soon enough, it’s expected that they’re slowly going to replace physical mockups and improve the overall efficiency in constructed rooms.
Similar to virtual reality, AR applications for construction has offered a lot of benefits. For example, the AirMeasure, which is the ultimate augmented-reality measuring toolkit is capable of capturing accurate on-site measurement with the use of a smartphone.
With the subject of AR, you’re probably familiar with other smart wearables, such as a bright safety vest, hard hats, and Google Glass.
The latter was able to prove itself as a very useful wearable, especially in the construction industry. Aside from that, it’s also shown to be indispensable when it comes to manufacturing application, and because of that, it will always have a place in the construction industry.
4. Self-Healing Concrete
As we talk about infrastructure, it all comes down to the construction materials used, such as concrete– the most commonly used construction material that’s also very important. Technology makes it possible for concrete to be able to fix itself.
As crazy as it may sound, this is slowly happening. One approach that’s being studied included the use of limestone-producing bacteria which feeds on water. That means whenever there’s a crack, it would be capable of fixing itself.
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