Are there any other terms for it?
In the construction sector, the word “construction technology” refers to many forms of technology that have a specialised use. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an example of this kind of technology. To help the industry in Australia improve working conditions, increase productivity, enhance health and safety, and achieve a host of other goals using these tools, they were all developed.
Impacting the building business are the following technologies:
1)Big Data is the study of enormous amounts of information.
Oil was the resource of choice a century ago. Data is the digital era’s oil, and today’s digital business titans are cashing in on it.
As building technology improves, the amount of data being generated each day is only going to increase. Over the last two years, 90% of the world’s data was created!
What is big data, and where does it come from?
Large amounts of data may be analysed and utilised to find hidden trends, patterns of behaviour, and unknown connections that can be used to make better business choices and serve as the foundation for artificial intelligence and automation systems in Australia. Construction technology advances are made possible in part by this massive amount of data.
In addition, there is the Internet, mobile phones, digital pictures, social media, and a slew of other online interactions (such as text messages or Skype).
The construction industry’s usage of big data:
- It is possible to use historical data to identify patterns and changes of construction hazards that may guide future projects toward success and away from failure.
- It is possible to use big data from climate, traffic, and community and local activity to identify the best phasing for building projects.
- It is possible to analyse sensor data from machinery used on a site to determine the ideal mix of purchasing and leasing such equipment and how to utilise fuel most effectively to decrease costs and ecological impact.
- Additionally, equipment geolocation allows for better logistics, faster delivery of replacement components, and reduced downtime.
- The amount of energy saved in shopping malls, office buildings, and other structures may be monitored to verify that the design objectives are being met. Bridge flexing and traffic stress data may be used to identify any strange incidents.
- This data may also be used to plan maintenance tasks in building information modelling (BIM) systems.
2) Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence (AI & ML)
Machine learning (ML) is an area of artificial intelligence (AI) that uses statistical approaches to allow computers to learn from data without being explicitly programmed. AI aims to replicate human behaviour. The building sector is increasingly relying on both.
You could programme robots and machines with computer systems or use them to calculate and design houses automatically. These advancements in construction technology are already taking place, with the construction industry reaping the benefits of enhanced efficiency in both cost and time as a result.
3) the Internet of Things (IoT)
An essential element of construction technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), is already revolutionising how construction firms operate.
Connected IoT devices and sensors may be managed from a single platform, allowing for a wide range of applications. This implies that a new way of working that is smarter, more efficient, and safer is now within reach.
What does this imply for the building industry?
- Repetitive operations may be performed by intelligent equipment, and it can also be smart enough to maintain itself. For example, a cement mixer running short on cement can order additional cement via a sensor, increasing efficiency and production.
- On-site foot traffic can be counted, and mobile apps may check employees in and out. This reduces paper-heavy activities and saves a lot of time.
- Workers will be alerted if they enter an area marked as dangerous by geolocation, which may be done using innovative technology on building sites.
- The use of cutting-edge technologies may significantly reduce the carbon footprint of a building. Utilising sensors in cars to turn off the engines while they’re idling, or tracking waste and using that data to better design the architecture of development to avoid transit between sites, may help cut trip time.
4) Drones & Robotics
Construction is one of the most labour-intensive businesses with respect to automation, so, surprisingly, robots haven’t had a more significant impact yet.
For robots to be successful, they need a regulated environment and tasks that are recurrent and unchanging.