The coming years will definitely showcase how AI will impact construction technology. Internet and cloud-based technology are revolutionizing how things are built from offices to homes to bridges and more. Some of the technological changes that will impact construction include the following.
Predictive Design Technology
Through AI, designs and manufacturers are now able to incorporate concepts at the project planning stage. Ideas that once could only be evaluated once they were completed, predictive designs will give manufacturers a real-time view of how a concept will actually work before it is finished.
The cost savings and safety benefits are enormous. Models can be tested and either changed or approved before they are actually used. This can almost guarantee a design will meet all safety requirements
Once considered a toy or gimmick used to strike up a conversation at a dinner party, wearable technology such as smartwatches will continue to become standard equipment. Smart watches and adds on devices can be used to verify the location of workers, as a timesheet device and to also monitor the health of workers or the conditions of machinery.
Companies that can afford to use this technology will continue to do so and even introduce a more advanced version that might also alert engineers of short term weather conditions or delays in the delivery of equipment needed to get a job done.
Oher devices such as DAQRI smart helmets will continue to introduce advances in 3D mapping, real-time alerts and visual instructions for workers. Wearable technology will change the way things get done and how long it takes to get them done.
Exoskeletons are becoming a vital tool to help workers reduce injury. This wearable technology can help eliminate injuries associated with heavy lifting, such as back injuries and also allow workers to adjust the amount of support necessary to work safer.
Robotics has been used in the automotive and demolition industry for many years now. This technology will take on a more mainstream role. Robotics is a proven safety technology. It allows companies to use devices where a worker might be at high risk of injury or exposure to potentially fatal work-related accidents.
The use of robotic arms to tear down buildings and to build equipment has already proven successful. 2019 promises to introduce more advanced methods.
Some advance will include using robotics in bricklaying and laying precise tracks. For example, in transportation systems from trollies incites to high-speed trains that connect vast distances, robotics can do a more efficient and faster job than a team of workers using tradition methods.
As construction projects grow to include different systems management companies will need expert JD Edwards maintenance to ensure the efficiency and safety of the growing systems.
GPS or cloud-based technology can allow all the stakeholders to stay in contact with a project regardless of their physical location. Companies will be able to program equipment to perform a task that may be very costly to employers.
They get the same job done to increase profits. Also, the GPS technology allows operations to program additional tasks to complete or add on task once the initial task has been completed. Machinery can be programmed to end a task at one location and begin a new task at a different location based on a GPS assessment of a larger area.
For example, farmers can program one piece of equipment sow one product then once the task is completed send a signal to a GPS device that directs a harvester to begin another task.
Smart Houses, Offices and Store
Construction companies and municipalities can use the internet and beacon technology to monitor data vital to energy efficiency and safety. Houses will be built that sense changes in weather and change the ambient temperature to maintain a specified atmosphere.
No longer will you need to get up and turn the thermostat as the weather changes. Smart buildings will be able to know how long it will take before it is necessary to change the temperature in a room. Smart buildings will connect to the weather channels through internet and beacon technology to sustain a specific environment.
Although that technology exists today in one way, AI will enhance the ability to make changes that are more accurate and less intrusive. When a thermostat is set to change the temperature at a particular time based on room use, AI will be able to assess present conditions then adjust the setting automatically.
Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual reality provides a fully immersed environment that can assess what a completed project might look like. It can also evaluate health and safety issues that might become a concern as a project moves along.
With VR technology engineers will be able to determine outcomes that cannot be predicted before other phases are completed. Once considered a game with no real-world applications yet, VR is quickly finding real uses in health care and construction.
Drones (U.A.V.s) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Drone use is already having an impact on how construction companies do business. Drones have already been well documented for the good and bad of what they are and what they are capable of doing. The overall aerial observation work that was once reserved exclusively to helicopter and aircraft can now be completed with drones.
Instead of paying an aviation company thousands of dollars for an aerial overview of a particular area, a drone can do the same job for a fraction of the cost. Drone use in construction and agricultural applications has revolutionized how data is collected and used.
3D printers will continue to impact how products are made. Once a concept that only visionaries were able to afford, 3D printing will further change what can be a reality.
They are accurate and eliminate the margin of error associated with traditional manufacturing. It is already possible to print entire structures or parts onsite.
No longer will engineers need to have some products manufactured off-site. These printers will allow companies to adjust designs as they happen. With 3D printers, it is now practical to produce prototypes, scale models and full-scale products.