Emerging Technologies That Will Revolutionise the Construction Industry

Felix Yim

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It’s no secret that the construction industry is evolving at light speed. Whether it’s laser technology making cutting easier, or hydraulic lifts and other tech making building a much faster process. There are plenty of technological changes to go around, and they’ve made the industry more productive, more accessible, more precise and indeed safer for those who work in it.

But what are some of these emerging technologies that are making the lives of construction workers easier? Let’s go through some of them below and tell you how they will revolutionise the industry even further.

Wearable & Portable Technologies

One of the most revolutionary technologies to emerge in recent years has been the advent of wearable aides for construction workers. This includes smart helmets, such as hard hats that relay 360-degree fields of view or allow remote communication between workers and their bosses via an interface built into the helmet visor. 3D visual overlays are often relayed onto this same smart visor.

Another option for wearable technology comes from the advent of bionic suits to help construction workers lift incredibly heavy materials. This is primarily used in Asia. However, the technology is slowly creeping into other markets. This bionic suit allows construction workers to work individually and achieve their daily objectives much faster on their own, as they’re not reliant on a team of people or a crane to lift a beam into place, they and their bionic suits can do it themselves.

Augmented Reality in the Design Phase

Design is the first step (after conception) in any construction process. Augmented reality offers a unique opportunity for workers involved in many different areas of the construction process to see the work first-hand. Augmented reality headsets offer architects, construction workers and final buyers of that building the ability to visualise the final product before work even begins. This allows for a much more flexible and open industry, with the capability to make many changes, even before laying a brick. Thanks to augmented reality goggles and special software designed for the industry, it has never been easier to change your design for a project.

Green and Eco-Sustainable Home Renovations

Everyone is becoming a lot more environmentally conscious and with good reason. This also means that the construction industry is adapting, which means building utilising more green technology. If you’re choosing to renovate your home while bearing the environment in mind, technology such as cool roofs. These roofs are designed to reflect more of the sun’s rays than your average shingle roof, thereby decreasing the internal temperature of the room. Another awesome green renovation idea that, admittedly, has been around for a while is the introduction of solar power into your home’s power ecosystem. It doesn’t have to be big and flashy and expensive. While you’ll certainly incur some cost upfront, even a single solar panel can make a big difference. Don’t want to spend the money on solar? Consider consulting an interior designer on making use of passive solar, via the placement of windows in your home, to allow the sun to heat the environment through those windows naturally.

Another emerging green technology that can be used when remodelling is insulation. Everyone who has ever installed fibreglass insulation knows how much it hurts when the shards get in your hands, and so, consider turning to a different, greener type of insulation when re-insulating your home. Namely, cotton or cellulose insulation. Cotton insulation is made from recycled denim, while cellulose insulation is made from paper. Both of these insulation types are recyclable, so can be re-used rather than thrown out at the end of their life. Cellulose insulation in particular consists of anywhere between 75-85% recycled material, double that of fibreglass.

Safer and Better Work Environments for Site Workers

Anyone who works on a construction site will tell you that it can be a very dangerous place at times, which is why safety is always paramount. Any construction company worth their salt has and will always place the safety of their workers over a project. But, technology is making this easier with every innovative year. Construction agencies are now far more likely to hire scaffolding rather than use ladders. Workers are often outfitted with smart safety vests that control temperature, send emergency alerts and track movements. Other wearable technology includes small on-body sensors that track slips, trips and falls and will alert the safety supervisor remotely in the event of an accident.

Final Thoughts

Since the industrial revolution, the construction industry has undergone constant innovation and revolution. Technology within that industry has made workers safer, the jobs easier to accomplish in less time, and has really changed how the industry functions. Pen and paper has been replaced by iPads and phones. Blueprints and plans are now located inside memory chips inside smart glasses worn by workers. Communication is often remote and through earpieces, rather than shouting and hoping someone hears you.

The introduction of just some of the above technologies in the industry has fundamentally changed how the construction industry functions, for the better.

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Felix is the founder of Society of Speed, an automotive journal covering the unique lifestyle of supercar owners. Alongside automotive journalism, Felix recently graduated from university with a finance degree and enjoys helping students and other young founders grow their projects.

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