As new technologies emerge and enter the mainstream, the construction industry isn’t always the first to adopt these changes but here is why it needs to be aware of them.
The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ refers to advancements in tech from robotics to automated manufacturing, data analytics and VR which are radically transforming every sector. It’s hoped the rapid onset of new products and processes could boost the number of highly-skilled jobs in the UK and enable constructors to deliver bigger, more complex infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
A significant technological advancement in the construction industry is BIM (building information modelling) which, due to its advanced project mapping capabilities giving architects and builders unrivalled visibility, greatly reduces the chances of costly errors being made during construction, saving money at every stage.
3D printing, too, is fast becoming a stalwart of the modern construction industry, largely as a way to provide much-needed affordable housing; some startups are already claiming they can build a house in just one day – for a fraction of the cost of the traditional housebuilding process.
In terms of saving time and money, but without the big budget gadgets required for 3D printing, construction aids such as commercial construction management software are also experiencing rapid improvements in their capabilities. Smart software now offers construction companies total control over every aspect of the building process, making it more streamlined, more efficient and ultimately more profitable.
Eque2’s EVision software offers the flexibility of working we’ve come to expect from technology, allowing you to access, update and review project data anywhere, anytime and from any device. With that freedom comes greater visibility, greater control and the ability to finish projects on-time and on-budget, every time.
New and improved tech allows for better productivity, reducing delays and giving the construction industry a much-needed boost amongst the economic fears and skills shortages so often reported.