Innovation technologies are key to achieving success in the next future. To know them is fundamental to invest in the technologies more suitable for your business. Smart constructions are transforming the market worldwide.
Internet of Things.
Versatility of the IoT is almost endless and can bring tremendous advantages, from optimization of resources and machinery, to workers’ safety, passing through remote machine control.
The IoT enables a smarter and more effective management on every work site. For example, you can locate every single tool and machinery at any time, in real time, by means of tags or QR codes. This can be very useful when managing big construction sites with dozens of workers and machines, to avoid wasting precious time looking for equipment.
Probably the most significant and immediate advantage of the use of the IoT in Construction is remote control of machinery. Connected equipment can send information on its status and receive instructions on the jobs to carry out and will perform them exactly the way it is told to. This option is extremely convenient when working in environments or with substances that are hazardous to humans.
Drones, surveying and 3D visualization.
Builders use drones for effective insights of the sites, monitoring projects progress in real time. Drones can provide more accurate measurements and faster surveying, saving time and increasing efficiency.
In addition to drones, laser scanners combined with specific Web platforms, allow you to access 3D visualization of the site and to perform complex calculations like contour and profile lines, volume calculations, or clash detections during BIM processes.
Security on the job sites is fundamental. The continuous monitoring of the buildings’ conditions can be achieved through sensors placed on the pillars. The IoT allows monitoring key metrics such as temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, pressure and noise, keeping everything always under control.
Another very important advantage of a remote, real-time monitoring of your work site, is knowing precisely where the workers are and what are their physical conditions, thanks to wearable devices. This is crucial in case of an emergency: if the site must be evacuated, it is possible to know if each worker found the way out and locate precisely the ones who did not, in order to rescue them promptly.
Through AR buildings can be visualized as they will be, benefitting all workers involved, from the engineers to the service providers. The interaction of existing elements with virtual ones enabled by the AR helps improve accuracy, reducing errors. The result is time, money and resources savings. Maintenance of heavy machinery can also be facilitated thanks to AR-based live support video calling.
Wearable technologies provide increasingly effective measurement activities. For example, Topcon Positioning launched its new HUD for hands-free construction layout.Used in combination with a Topcon LN-100 Total Station, it works through voice commands to provide visual layout directions, decreasing dramatically times of layout productivity.