The construction industry is ever changing, and now the Internet of Things (IoT) is responsible for even more change in the industry.
IoT continues to grow across all industries, and this network of connected devices is helping the construction industry in a number of ways. It is being put to work for everything from enhancing workplace safety to helping increase the construction flow. Tasks can be automated much easier than before so that everything can be on a schedule and the work becomes streamlined. It also allows for better record keeping.
IoT benefits construction workers in a number of ways, including the fact that technology gives construction workers enhanced safety. By integrating technology that can be controlled from a remote location, IoT helps workers avoid contact with dangerous items. It protects workers as well, by allowing them to remotely operate machinery. The technology is also better at detecting technical glitches, as well as preventing fires and other mishaps that can cause harm.
In addition, IoT helps improve environment sustainability. With these connected devices, energy consumption data can be sent back to operators so that things like lighting can be adjusted. It also has helped make newer buildings greener, just like smart homes have become, and helps avoid waste from the construction industry. When data collectors are added into concrete, mechanical property can be measured and sensors can help control electricity flow or sense when there is vacant space.
With augmented reality, construction professionals can get information on a real time basis, and AR also allows for integration into equipment screens and windshields. This enables workers the ability to easily receive and see driving information.
With Building Information Modeling (BIM) capability, technology can be developed to have 3D models of buildings in order to better understand their structure. This allows the industry to get real time information about the building in order to aid in research aimed at improving structures.
There have also been a number of improvements to the working procedures. IoT can help the industry better track equipment and supplies. Since things are so easily tracked, there is an easy replenishment of supplies. Systems can order more as soon as the supply falls below a certain level. In machines, there can be sensors installed to help detect any errors with the equipment and help lower the operating costs.