What you Need to Know to Stand Out in the Construction Industry
As with in all industries, efficiency and cost effectiveness are imperative to the success of construction projects. Companies are looking for highly knowledgeable employees that are across the modern technologies being used in the construction industry. Construction companies are learning more and more that their processes can be immensely streamlined with the implementation of innovative equipment, and use of exciting new technologies.
Titian Recruitment has seen the benefit to promoting knowledge and experience with advanced technologies. Therefore, we have put together a list of the must-know technologies to help you stand out in the industry.
Site sensors can be implemented on a site of any scale, and are infinitely useful to the improvement of the safety of a site. They can also be monitored remotely.
They identify potential hazards that may cause harm to the team, the equipment, or the surrounding environment. This may include noise, temperature, airborne particles or harmful chemicals in the atmosphere. With sensors working at all times, there is no delay in informing the crew that there is a hazard, and therefore, the site safety is elevated to an entirely new level.
VR, AR and Wearables
Virtual reality and augmented reality can help prepare and train construction workers for any potential hazards that they may encounter on site. Specifically useful for educating crews working at height or in confined spaces. They can aid companies in the experience of running safety drills, as well as be utilised within actual work processes.
High-tech safety goggles that can record and monitor the progress of workers, and be supervised remotely from head office locations are being developed. These goggles may also have the ability to have displays of safety checklists and alerts, that the wearer can keep track of.
AI and Robotics
The innovation of AI and robotic technology in the last 5 years, has been astounding. AI technologies can drastically improve the level of safety on a construction site, keeping track of important data and minimising human error. Robotics can also be utilised to perform dangerous jobs, that might be of high risk to crew members. This can ultimately improve efficiency, as less time may have to be spent on training measures to work in riskier situations, and perhaps even automate some repetitive tasks such bricklaying.
This may be confronting to workers that worry about loss of jobs, but many economic experts have foreseen that new, different roles will constantly be created in order to drive technological developments. For example, experienced bricklayers may work with AI specialists in consultancy capacities, to help continuously develop this technology.
Drones can be used for many different reasons at a construction site. It may be to inspect the overall progress of the build, and provide the client with a clear image of the advancement, or it may be to make safety assessments of difficult terrain. Smaller drones are used in order to enter confined spaces, to ensure that they are safe before a worker enters. Ultimately, they give the crew a different, and often better perspective of the site, understand the working conditions and to make decisions.
Ease and Efficiency
Mobile Hardware may include the use of tablets such as iPads, or the use of smart phones, with specifically implemented software to monitor data coming in from construction sites. This can ease communication of on-site employees and off-site management, and make the transferring of data a lot more efficient. It can aid extremely in the project management of a construction site, as the progress of a site can be more consistently and effectively tracked.
Autonomous equipment has the ability to perform large excavation work, without the limitations that come with utilising human labour. Also, with the use of AI technology to produce intricate site maps, the accuracy of the required site work, may be higher than that achieved by human operated machinery. This is game changing in terms of the efficiency of a construction site, and the ease of the level of labour required for difficult excavations.
Design & Modelling
Building Information Modelling
Building Information Modelling (BIM) allows for collaboration between team members, as a 3D digital model is created of the building site, that can be updated according to changes in progress or design of the site. The technology is even developing so that live data can be sent from mobile hardware devices, to represent the live progress of a build. For example, if a new section of the building is erected, this can be monitored onsite and updated on the BIM, off site. This gives a whole new set of capabilities and understanding of the inner workings of the design that blueprints cannot provide. It is also useful for investors or clients of construction companies, to help them engage with the progress and concepts of the project.
3D printing can also assist in the manufacturing of some types of building materials offsite, making the building process much more efficient. Despite the connotation that 3D printing may be very advanced technology and therefore more expensive, 3D printing is actually extremely cost effective, cutting down transport and storage costs and reducing waste that may occur from manufacturing materials onsite.
Stand Out in the Industry with Titan Recruitment
The team at Titan Recruitment hopes that this brief list of innovations in construction technology will prove useful, as we our goal is to aid you in reaching your career goals within the industry. For more information on how Titan Recruitment may be able to lead you to career opportunities, please visit our website.