As with all sectors, the construction industry has been revolutionised by digital advancements over the last decade. Discover the major players and how each piece of technology has changed the way we build.

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Connected devices and the IoT

The IoT (Internet of Things) is the community of interrelated smart devices and the space in which they connect. This all-encompassing cloud space is powered by a global network of servers that send, analyse and manage digital data.

An example of this in the construction industry can be seen in smart tools from brands like Milwaukee which feed data back to a database in real-time as they are being used. Think of it like the connection between a smartphone and a fitness tracker.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Also powered by the IoT, Building Information Modelling (BIM) gathers data from various digital devices and uses computer software to create a full-scale 3D visualisation of the project. Again it can showcase changes instantly, outlining the present view and predicting the full lifecycle from planning to construction.

One of the great advantages of BIM is that it brings together all of the separate teams involved in one construction project, from the designers and architects to the builders and operations managers.

3D printing

Seeing 3D printing in action can be surreal as it has a sci-fi futuristic feel! Using special software, 2D digital designs can be produced as 3D physical objects with just a computer and a connected 3D printer.

3D printing enables people in the construction industry to test out architectural theories, produce a scale model of a building and identify flaws and faults in the design of prototype products.

Robots for repetitive tasks

Once hard to comprehend, the internet and smart devices are part and parcel of our daily lives. The latest technology that’s testing the limits is artificial intelligence which seeks to simulate human activity and understanding in computer programs and machines.

In construction, robotic systems are mainly used for repetitive tasks that require less skill. This includes operating stations on assembly lines and monitoring the performance of equipment. 

Automating labour-intensive tasks helps to mitigate accidents caused by tiredness and musculoskeletal disorders caused by long-term manual handling

Drones for site surveying and safety

Again helping to ensure onsite safety, drones are being widely employed by UK construction companies. Fitted with cameras, equipped with GPS systems and sensors and remotely operated, drones can provide an aerial view, accurately map the site and scan elements to send back updated data.

While traditionally this type of surveillance would have been limited and involved a dangerous situation with people working up a height, drones provide a comprehensive picture with no risk to your workforce.

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