Why IoT Is Vital For The Future Of Construction Onsite Safety
Emerging Technology Impacting The Construction Industry
Back in the days, construction managers only dream of being able to connect their machines and equipment– be it large or small– to the Internet. However, with the recent innovations in technology, this has turned into reality.
With the Internet of Things, the construction industry is starting to experience a rapid development that offers innumerable benefits. Still not convinced? Allow us to discuss how the IoT technology could have a positive in a construction project.
1. Safer Work Sites
In the construction industry, direct impact with heavy objects falls, and electrocutions happen a lot. For project managers who have encountered mishaps on a construction project, you probably know how damaging it can be for your workers, and on the construction project.
For instance, workers will be able to operate machinery at a distance by using IoT enabled devices like traffic safety cones or other equipment that is needed on the job site. This is very important, especially when there is dangerous equipment involved or when they have to work in settings with health risks and hazards. By being able to connect the machinery to the Internet, they’ll be able to operate without risking their lives.
For that reason, wearables are another trend across different industries, especially in the construction industry. For instance, hands-free devices, such as google glass, allow workers to send images and check essential instructions without the need to take their hands off the machines.
These devices have automatic time logging, making it impossible to falsify records while being able to continually monitor the health of the workers as well. Likewise, augmented reality technology is also becoming a trend, but still not that established with wearables.
2. Smarter Designs
Can you still remember how Pixar revolutionized animated movies about a decade ago? They utilized third-dimensional models, and today, we can say that two building plans are slowly being replaced by three-dimensional computer models. This is known as Building Information Modeling, and you can say that it’s the trend of the future we’re going to experience anytime soon in the construction designs.
That also means traditional architectural blueprints are slowly becoming old school, and it’s starting to be replaced with construction workers being able to access 3D, computer-generated models of building projects. That means, AR devices will also be able to overlay a BIM model on top of the actual construction site while they work, and this would entail a more useful visualization of the project.
Upon completion, sensors in the building would be able to carefully monitor how the construction could withstand the changes happening in the temperature, as well as with other environmental conditions. Then, the sensors would convey this data back into the central unit.
3. Lowered Costs
One of the most significant concerns a lot of project managers has is that they spend beyond their allotted budget. It could be something like losing money on supplies that get mislaid during the projects or paying more on products that arrived on time, but not the one you ordered. It could also be you’re spending a good amount on fuel costs for all the large pieces of construction equipment.
Despite that, these might look like little costs, once they add up; you’d be surprised that you’ve been wasting a lot of money. Fortunately, with IoT construction, you’ll be able to prevent that from happening.
This can also be achieved with mechanical maintenance; all you have to do is install self-detecting sensors in construction tools, like massive drills. These sensors are capable of delivering maintenance alerts once they are needed to be repaired. Thus, you’ll be able to avoid last-minute maintenance work, which is usually costly.
The Future Is In IoT Construction Technology
With IoT construction, energy conservation becomes possible as well. In fact, you can even utilize devices capable of monitoring the temperature of buildings, as well as how much power is being used and the duration the machinery is left idling.
Indeed, the IoT construction could make a remarkable improvement in any construction project. Soon enough, you’ll be able to enjoy this to the fullest as it continues to expand and grow.
Chris is a Digital Media Strategy Consultant in Orlando, FL who provides national brands with freelance copywriting, PPC Management Services, and SEO strategies. Chris is also passionate emerging technologies and traffic safety issues.