Four New Technologies that Will Change Construction

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Robison Wells

Use of Artificial Intelligence

According to a McKinsey report, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) will play a broad role in the construction continues to operate. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is already an advanced 3D modelling technology, but when it is crossed with AI and ML it will begin to almost-instantly solve problems that have heretofore taken months to work out with spreadsheets and accounting. AI reduces the time needed for decision making, forecasting, scheduling, and risk management.

Cloud-Based Collaboration

This is where hh2 really shines: communication between jobsites to foreman to contractors to owners to payroll, and everywhere in-between. For years, construction has been a collection of silos, and there has been little-to-no collaboration between departments. Cloud-based software allows for architects, engineers, and builders to all be on the same page at the same time—in real time—and be making decisions looking at precisely the same data, be they half a world away.

Truly Constructable Models

BIM is making the need for paper drawings to disappear, ensuring that everyone is on the same page, but also seeing the work as it progresses, in three dimensions. Other innovations like 5D BIM models add in time and cost dimensions to the traditional BIM models, which helps construction companies manage more effectively.

Robots Showing Up On Jobsites

The number of industrial robots deployed worldwide is estimated to be at 2.6 million by the end of 2019. Robots are no longer just used to observe and manage a jobsite, but are now taking on the role of manufacturing and preassembly. And Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are often used in surveying with accuracy and precision that are heretofore unmatched. They are particularly useful in scouting dangerous locations such as jobsites for bridges, skyscrapers, and other hostile terrains.

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