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Pro Circuit, Inc. doesn’t implement technology simply for technology’s sake. Technology must always be implemented if it is going to enhance performance in any market and with all of the technology available in the world, commercial construction companies have a lot to be excited about. Here are some of the smart tech tools we’re seeing these days, how they can make your project even better, and how you can employ them for one of your future projects. Creating a smarter job site is going to be key in making projects run more streamlined and efficiently in 2018.
Drone Video & Photography
Drone implementation has already begun for a number of companies in all markets, but few have seen the improvement it can make in their line of work like commercial construction. With drone photography and videography, commercial construction companies now have the capability to provide aerial coverage of an existing landscape, view potential real estate, and track the progress of ongoing projects without the need to interrupt said project.
Laser 3-D Scanning
With the implementation of laser 3-D scanning, commercial construction companies can now offer clients a brand new way to look at their projects. Clients now have the ability to view a virtual reality mock-up of their project, wherever they are, giving companies that implement this technology a leg up on their competition. With the help of augmented reality, clients can even receive a virtual reality tour of their potential space and genuinely feel a part of the project.
Few advancements in technology have seen implementation across the board quite like wearable tech has. With voice-driven, as well as head-mounted tablets, wearable tech on job sites offer commercial construction companies the opportunity to view the progress of ongoing projects in real-time and address potential concerns they might see. Perhaps the most important aspect, though, is the safety of employees and wearable tech in the commercial construction company is completely hands-free and ANSI/OSHA safety compliant
Sensor technology in the construction environment has seen vast implementation, as well. Companies can now place a sensor in a partially completed building while it monitors, collects, and analyzes data such as temperature and job site environment such as material and crew usage, as well as any changes in project costs. Data collection allows companies to follow trends, collect valuable data, build custom reports, and rely on the data to answer any number of questions. The standardization and centralization of data for predictive analysis has not only transformed the way equipment is being used on work sites, but even the construction ecosystem as a whole with new ways to track project completion, time spent, and valuable insight into the company’s productivity.
Digitally enabled tools on the work site have created a new minimum standard for manufacturers and commercial construction companies. Some might even call it a digital revolution in the construction business. Smart tools now offer companies insight into things like how and when a tool is being used, as well as the location of the tool, if the tool is operating optimally, how much battery life is left, and whether or not the tool needs to be serviced for maintenance soon. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, all of this information can automatically be uploaded and sent to the management team and/or stakeholders for real-time analysis whether they are in front of their computer or smartphone.
Last, but certainly not least: Telematics. Telematics data help construction companies decrease costs thanks to the endless amount of machine data that is available to them and while the technology may not be as new as all of the above, telematics is what pieces all of them together. Information like run/idle time, fuel consumption, tire pressure, and control signals often get overlooked on work sites, but are all very much part of today’s equipment dialogue. Every aspect of a construction project can now generate usable data to help lead trustworthy decisions for the company and client.
Onward and Upward
With all of the aforementioned advancements in technology, it’s almost unbelievable to think about how commercial construction did things before. As you can see, no matter if you are the company or the client, technology has benefited the commercial construction industry in tremendous ways thanks to its implementation and has offered companies a handful of new ways to stay competitive in the industry, while giving clients all the information they need to ensure their budget and expectations are being met.