Tech Takeover: Construction Innovations Set to Give our Sites an Update
The construction industry has not been famed for embracing the growing wealth of technology that has been being harnessed by other sectors. Sustainability, renewable energy and the use of more modern methods on site have been a challenge for a considerable time – however it would seem the pace is picking up on new innovations as construction rapidly moves towards a technological overhaul.
One of the forerunning concepts in the sprint to the future has been Virtual Reality (VR) which has broken out of the videogame universe and integrated itself as a pivotal tool in the not-so virtual world. VR is already being utilised in construction and looks to settle in as a permanent fixture as its capabilities only continue to multiply. So far, we have been able to use VR to experience a prospective new build before a single brick is laid – enabling construction professionals to identify any potential issues before any time or money is wasted.
Offering a similar selection of benefits is Virtual Reality’s close relative, Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality has featured in a new iOS app known as MeasureKit, which allows users to point their phone or tablet at an object or building component and interact with it. Where Virtual Reality allows users to explore a space by standing still and looking around, Augmented Reality quite literally takes things a step further by enabling you to walk around and explore 3D environments in real time, while gathering additional information about the area around you.
Innovations in machine learning have been making huge progress too. Also known as AI, the technology reminiscent of sci-fi movies is already improving safety on sites with its ability to identify critical risks. Machine learning can be used to analyse safety hazards, and send notifications when PPE is not being used correctly. The possibilities are endless, as AI can even pilot drones, run machinery and assist in design. BIM (Building Information Modelling) is already being used by construction professionals to effectively plan and monitor every aspect of the construction process.
Another safety solution to have gained popularity on site is wearable technology. As many of us are investing in smart watches that allow us to answer calls and messages, track our fitness and monitor our health, construction is getting its own brand of tech accessories. Products such as heated jackets, cooling vests and Smart Caps have all been designed with the safety of workers in mind. The Smart Cap can monitor fatigue and alert the wearer to stop what they are doing if they become too tired. Straight out of a science fiction novel, this high-tech equipment uses brain waves to identify the risk.
As technology moves forward in leaps and bounds on our sites, there are ways to keep up with the times and reap the rewards that come with modernising your processes. Your company fleet can benefit from a tracking system from Phantom, which uses smart tech of its own to monitor driver behaviour to keep your drivers and vehicles safe on the road. Your insurance premiums will also be reduced, and your carbon footprint along with it – which can only mean good things for your finances.
If you are looking to inject the future into your fleet, call Phantom today on 0161 476 4050 to discuss how we can help.