Like many other industries today, technology is changing and paving the way for a more connected future. New materials and energy, design approaches and advances in digital technology and big data are creating a wave of innovation within the construction industry.

These innovations come with a lot of benefits to the builder, including the reduction of costs, minimising wastage of materials, reducing construction timelines and lessening defects and errors among others.

Long gone are the days when construction workers had to rely on a set of blueprints and a collection of handheld tools to transform their raw materials into a structure capable of offering all the modern comforts.  As the industry is adapting to the latest technology, possibilities are opening up for better structures to be built more efficiently and with fewer errors.

According to EconoTimes, these are a few of the technologies that are changing the game now.

Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has transformed the construction industry as it has replaced traditional blueprints with interactive 3-D models. BIM can digitally represent a space and its characteristics both physically and functionally. On top of this, it can bring all the building’s important information into one creative space. Therefore, clients and contractors are able to collaborate to meet their objectives efficiently.

In the future, BIM is expected to embrace 5-D modelling, which may soon incorporate estimating, time management, rates, costing and quantities. This is likely to become an invaluable resource for the future of the construction industry.

True-View Welding Mask Technology

True-View is an ideal solution for welding fabricators who are looking to upgrade their personal protection with the latest technology. The mask allows an operator to easily view their surroundings through the welding filter between welds. When the welding filter is in its light state the operator can view the job with increased clarity, colour and contrast. It’s an ideal welding mask for those working in a confined space or wanting to inspect intricate work on a regular basis. Put simply, the operator doesn’t have to lift the head top, which is great for productivity.

Drones

Many construction companies all over Australia have utilised drones to replace traditional land surveying methods. Drones are known to potentially reduce the time and labour required on the job to provide an accurate land survey, as they can successfully capture information at a rapid rate and therefore eliminate human error. Captured images can support site assessment and inspections, as well as supplement a project team’s understanding of progress and as-built conditions.

Drones can also be used to help monitor logistics, deliveries and the workforce. Many companies are taking drone footage and converting it into 3-D pictures that can be compared to architectural plans. On top of this, they can improve health and safety on site as it is easy to identify and remove any potential hazards or dangers that could pose a risk to construction workers.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is more than stepping into virtual beaches or enjoying a live show in the comfort of your own home. It is now allowing the construction industry to use both data and images by placing them within a digitised space, which can help to identify potential hazards and risks. As a result, it makes it possible for workers to recognise any delays to a schedule so that a company can take the appropriate preventative measures.

Augmented Reality also allows architects and planners to work in unison with contractors and clients, so they can collaborate on projects and make alterations before execution. This helps the contractors and clients to ultimately save money on their project as well as reduce the chance of a development from falling behind schedule.

Is your business on board with these changes?

Although still at the early stages, the construction industry has been heavily impacted by the rapid changes in technology throughout the years. The rates of innovation in a number of technologies have enabled developers in the sector to leverage technology to radically change business models. Drones, 3-D printing, Augmented Reality, BIM and advanced welding masks are some of the key enabling technologies leading the change.

Because technology is never truly at a finishing stage, its role in the construction industry will continue to grow and evolve. The industry itself is yet to truly realise the many benefits technology can bring to the sector. However, thanks to recent technological developments, construction is quickly pushing into the 21st century and it seems the sector is finally starting to embrace tech advances. Many of the above technologies will most likely become commonplace in just a few years, and it’s possible that future developments in wearables and robotics will have a heavier influence in the industry. The only thing that is certain is that as technology advances, so will the sector as a whole.

At East West Insurance Brokers, we embrace the ever-changing technological advances within the construction industry. Our brokers are equipped with the knowledge of these changes and continue to stay up-to-date with new products that come onto the market. Defining your Construction insurance needs and sourcing the right cover for your business can be a confusing task. We understand the complexities involved and can advise you on what’s best for your business. Our brokers are happy to look at your current cover and tailor a policy to suit your needs. For more information on how we can help you, contact the team today on 1800 809 132 or email hello@ewib.com.au

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