The Impact of Construction Technology: A Closer Look with ETI

Technology plays a critical role in every industry, and construction is no exception. Construction technology has come a long way from the first Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. Artificial intelligence, drones, and 3D printing all play an increasingly important role. Other new building technologies include the use of robotics and sensors on the construction site. There are software and applications specifically designed to improve client communications, workforce management, and project administration for construction firms. ETI Construction is embracing the positive impacts of technology in the construction industry, including improved safety, increased accuracy, lower expenses, and higher levels of efficiency. 

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Client and Management Technology  

Software and applications are how everyone communicates nowadays. ETI leverages co-construct software to keep our clients up-to-date on their projects and provide real-time information that is accessible 24/7. Software also plays a role in the general workforce and project management. Any construction project has many different components and moving parts, and modern technology helps keep everything organized and managed.

New Construction Technology

New construction technologies are adapted by contractors and firms for use in every stage of the construction process. 

Building Information Modeling (BIM) 

BIM takes classic blueprints and CAD drawings to another level. BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a structure. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use BIM throughout the project for collaboration and making informed decisions. BIM technology includes the implementation of a digital twin or an identical virtual replica of the physical structure. 

3D Laser Scanners

Tape measures serve their purpose, but 3D laser scanners improve the accuracy of measurements and representation of any physical object. 3D laser scanners are an especially useful piece of construction technology when it comes to measuring complex shapes and surfaces. 

Sensor Data 

Sensors can play a crucial role in improving general site and worker safety. Sensors can be placed around a job site or embedded in wearable devices for workers. Site sensors can detect vibrations, humidity levels, gas, and other environmental and safety hazards. Wearing devices can monitor employees’ exposure to potentially harmful subspaces, air pollution, and noise. 

3D Printing

3D printing is one new construction technology that has had a significant impact on the industry. 3D printing limits delays due to supply chain issues and shortages – as long as raw material is available, components can be printed whenever needed. 3D printing of construction materials also works to reduce waste by only producing the exact amount of material necessary for the job.  

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Drones serve many purposes. Prior to breaking ground on a new build, drones can be used for site surveys. Contractors can implement drones to capture aerial imagery at any stage of the construction process and inspect otherwise hard-to-reach or potentially dangerous structures. 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning 

AI and machine learning are playing an increasingly important role in every industry. In construction, firms and project managers can use AI to improve project scheduling, create initial design ideas, and assess and manage project risks. AI is a key construction technology to watch and begin adopting. 

Construction Robots  

Robots are trained to perform specific tasks on a construction site. They can be especially critical in demolition and other higher-risk tasks to reduce human injury. In other steps of the building process, robots can assist with concrete pouring, welding, bricklaying, and other skills to speed up the overall process. Robots and autonomous vehicles can transport and lift heavy supplies, lowering safety risks to workers and improving the efficiency of a job site. 

Augmented and Virtual Reality 

AR and VR can be a step up for a 3D computer model tour or a walkthrough video. AR and VR are used in the design process for virtual walkthroughs and can be vital for stakeholders to picture the final project.  

Impact of Construction Technology 

Technology, in general, has pros and cons for every industry. However, the positive impacts of technology in the construction industry are clear. Overall, implementing new building technology can lower total project costs, improve job site and client management, lower safety risks and hazards, improve project efficiency, and speed up project timelines. 

Lower Costs 

Construction project expenses include the cost of materials, labor, design, and time. Implementing construction technology can reduce the costs associated with nearly every aspect of a construction project. AI can potentially lead to cost savings of 10-15%. The use of 3D laser scanners can save up to 50% in costs compared to traditional 2D scanning. 3D printing can mean no surplus of material, saving material costs. Many of the cost savings seen with new construction technology are due to increased levels of efficiency – time is money. 

Improved Safety 

Another positive impact of technology for construction sites is lowering the risk of injury and accidents. Using sensors to detect potential issues before they become dangerous and using robots to perform the riskier aspects of a construction job are ways to limit the risk to employees. Drones, AR, and 3D laser scanners create the most accurate representation and imagery of a project. This allows site workers to know exactly what they are walking into – and the more awareness they have of the job site, the less likely a workplace injury is to occur. Virtual walkthroughs can also keep stakeholders out of dangerous job sites as well.  

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ETI Construction

Embracing construction technology is crucial for any construction or contracting firm. ETI Construction is constantly learning about new technologies and their positive impacts. The digital age means improved client communications, more accurate planning and details, and increased site safety. Property managers looking to complete their next construction project can contact us today to discuss needs and request a quote!