Construction has traditionally favored manual or paper systems, but new technology is revolutionizing the industry. Cutting-edge platforms are able to optimize designs, enable real-time data monitoring, streamline project management and enhance seamless collaboration with project stakeholders. By embracing this jump in new tech, construction professionals can remain competitive and reach new heights in efficiency and productivity.
Take something like data. With the right technology, data analytics can provide valuable insights into potential delays or safety issues that may emerge during a project. When leveraged in different ways, data can also inform better and faster decisions on the utilization of everything from materials to labor. This can help in reducing waste and optimizing the workforce, which can impact the bottom line of a construction business.
Construction technology, from software solutions to advanced tools like robots and drones, can do more than simply move construction businesses from paper processes to digital. It can drive productivity, improve safety and help you stay competitive.
The following are just a few examples of technology that has and continues to significantly transform the construction industry:
1. Project management software
Tracking the progress of a project and monitoring its associated costs to ensure that everything stays on time and on budget are the benefits of project management software. But such technology also has the capacity for real-time resource management, reporting, documentation and communication. Project stakeholders can communicate and collaborate with one another to ensure all team members are on the same page, respond to changes quickly and improve the outcomes of a project.
2. Equipment automation
The use of automated equipment such as drones, 3D printers and autonomous vehicles can help streamline construction processes, reduce labor costs and improve overall productivity. Automation can be used to monitor and control countless pieces of construction equipment, such as cranes, excavators and skid loaders. Additionally, automated systems can be used to handle, transport and place materials such as concrete, bricks and stones on job sites.
3. Building information modeling (BIM)
BIM leverages data to create digital models and 3D renderings of buildings and infrastructure. Digital models can provide a clearer overview of the construction process, which can then be used for the preconstruction purposes of planning, design and analysis before a shovel hits the ground. BIM can help minimize the chances of errors and rework, as even the smallest missteps can waste time and money for a construction company.
4. Mobile technology
Enhanced mobility is yet another example of how technology has changed the construction industry for the better. Thanks to digital advancements, construction teams — both in the field and the office — can use mobile devices to access project plans, blueprints and schedules from anywhere. This improves communication and coordination while also enabling remote workers to stay connected and productive.
To learn more about the transformative power of cutting-edge technology in the construction industry, check out Procore’s 2023 US Construction Playbook.