Up and coming technology is something every industry needs to keep their eye on, including construction. The need for a more data-driven and technology focused approach to work is prevalent in the world today and can present more opportunities to the construction companies that embrace it. The use of software enables companies to share data seamlessly, improving time and efficiency, as well as quality on projects.
Some progressive construction companies have started making the shift towards digital transformation. Some of the key components for a digital-driven construction industry are:
1. Automation: As more companies make their digital transformation, automation is in the forefront, even in construction. By automating processes that were slower, like data entry and document management, it can allow for more time and resources to concentrate on complex tasks. Automation on the jobsite is also becoming a reality with some trades that have identified repetitive tasks that can be automated, reducing manpower needs. With automation, construction companies can collect and analyze data to make more informed decisions in real-time and optimize processes on and off-site.
2. Prefabrication: Many construction companies use prefabrication to help design and manufacture parts off-site, which helps meet deadlines quicker, with fewer resources, and without impacting quality. Experts can work on parts with quality assurance in mind and make sure each component is accurate and ready for assembly and installation onsite. Technologies like augmented reality and 3D printing can work with the prefabrication process to improve accuracy and provide an opportunity to track progress in real-time.
3. Collaboration: When building big, complex projects, it usually involves multiple teams working together. Using collaborative digital technologies can help all parties communicate faster, share and analyze project data, and improv organization. This helps identify issues before they arise and can also help with revisions during planning and design, making teams more responsive to changing priorities.
4. Building Information Modeling (BIM): In order to help track projects and detect conflicts early in the design and construction process, many contractors are utilizing Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM can be used to store data like drawings, product specs and cost estimates and can generate 3D visuals which can lead to better error detection and design planning. Any changes can be seen in real-time, by all users, and has the ability to provide progress and completion estimates. BIM technology can help plan and execute every step of the project from concept through design and construction .
5. Sustainability: Technology can also play a big role in creating a more sustainable environment. Digital data that monitors energy usage can help building owners and contractors make more informed decisions on the products, systems and design components that have the most positive environmental impact . Technology like BIM Energy Evaluation helps monitor how a building’s design, exterior envelope and MEP systems impact energy efficiency
As the construction industry evolves through its own digital transformation, embracing new technologies can have positive outcomes for construction companies. By utilizing technology and data, construction companies can be more efficient, save time and resources and make a more sustainable environment all while improving project quality and customer satisfaction.