No one better than a construction professional to understand how the technology in construction is moving forward, and how the big is difference between what goes on on paper and what really happens in the field. According to the Harvard Business Review, one in six projects will extrapolate the costs in the budget by almost 70%.

Technology in construction is one of the best ways to change this landscape – even so, the sector still shows some resistance to innovation and change of customs. Here are 5 ways how technology can transform project productivity and enhance the execution of numerous build steps:

3D Modeling

3D modeling uses software to create a mathematical representation in a three-dimensional form. Although already well known in the construction industry, many companies have not yet adopted the technology at all stages of the project. This reluctance has something to do with the naturally conservative inclination of the construction industry, but also with the difficulties of storing and sharing 3D models.

Some modeling software – such as the BIM 360 Glue – allows 3D models to be shared and viewed on the go, especially at the construction site. With this, the project can be changed or updated in real time, according to the executability of the services in the field. Thus, inaccurate data and calculations can be quickly corrected and the company avoids reworking in several steps, resulting in extra costs and delays to customers.

Drones

Drones are still little explored as a new technology in construction, but the variety of applications of this new trend is just unimaginable.

Drones can be a powerful agile inspection tool at the construction site, providing a complete and differentiated view of ongoing services. Thus, inspections can be more frequent and possible inadequacies can be corrected before they even become a real problem.

Here in Brazil, for example, the construction company Tecnisa innovated by being the first to use the technology of drones to carry out the photographic record of progress at the construction site. In the United States, the time lapse in high resolution of the construction of the new headquarters of Apple was also possible thanks to the images captured by drones.

 

Robotic Stations

The total station is one of the most used equipment in the preliminary phases of a work. The robotic stations can be operated remotely and coordinated, being one of the easiest technologies to implement at the construction site.

Benefits include more accurate measurements, faster inspections, real-time data availability, lower error rates, and consequently reduced rework.

3D Printing

technology in civil constructionStructures produced with 3D printing by the architect Andrey Rudenko
Precast products have become a common element of construction projects, being used in greater volume here in Brazil in the last three years. In addition to being sustainable because they use less inputs, prefabricated products still reduce construction time, since the parts are produced in the factory and only need to be assembled or fitted on site.

In recent years, the prefabrication industry has also started to produce the components through 3D printing, which allows custom and complex shapes to be produced economically and quickly. 3D printing on the construction site also begins to gain ground, promising to be a flexible and automated way to build some structural elements accurately. This reduces human error rates and, consequently, increases performance in the field.

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5. Mobile devices + mobile document management
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Mobile data and document management is one of the most important technologies for civil construction. Combined with the use of mobile devices and even BIM-type software, the 3D models, the photographic record, the updated plans and the tasks of each collaborator are accessed directly at the construction site when necessary, ensuring an up-to-date and compatible view between the project and what is being done in the field.

To ensure the organization and operation of all these items, it is essential to have a specific project management platform for civil construction – such as Construct. In this way, teams exchange information in real time and the project manager can make important decisions based on what is really a priority.

The construction sector has been characterised as one of the most traditional and reluctant to innovation. However, the transformation of consumers’ habits and expectations forces them to reinvent themselves under the protection of new technologies. For example, Heat treatment experts are a relatively new addition to the construction industry and are a good example of how the industry is progressing. Follow this recommendations  that can be really useful to you:

 

1. The Big Data

The real estate market has an increasingly dynamic pricing system, subject to continuous fluctuations and which also distributes its offer among many portals and platforms aimed at very different audiences.

It is therefore unusual that, until relatively recently, the developers and real estate companies did not resort to analysis tools to obtain better information about the market from the huge volume of data they handle.

This increased use of data is, moreover, increasingly widespread in the field of buying and selling – in which agencies, for example, can know the elasticity of demand or anticipate the reaction of their consumers to price fluctuations-, but also in construction, where the analysis of historical information on the operation of a given space can give clues on how to propose an attractive reform for its potential buyers.

 

2. 3D printing

3D printing seems destined to be the most disruptive technology for the construction sector in the coming years, as it is already accredited and put to the test its capacity not only to present models before undertaking construction, but also to print walls, bricks and insulating materials. Although the 3D printing of homes is taking its first steps, it is destined to make a great contribution to the housing problem, at the same time that it poses a great business opportunity for companies in the sector that bet on this technology. 3D printing also allows processing traditional materials such as mortars and concrete, which are the most used in the sector.

 

3. Digital economy

“Although the complexity inherent in the purchase of a real estate asset predisposes the seller and consumer to face a long, tiring process and with a point of uncertainty, that reality is changing with the unstoppable advance of the digital economy,” they say in Signaturit.

Today the real estate companies are already working hard to redefine their user experiences to make them faster, accessible and personalized, as evidenced by the efforts of Laura Núñez, CEO of Plan Reforma, a comparison of professional construction budgets, for both reforms as for new work. On the other hand, companies like Flatalert already use geolocation in their home search apps, so that their users receive alerts when passing near a property for sale or rent instead of having to sharpen their eyes when searching for posters. ‘For sale’ or ‘For rent’.

 

4. The electronic signature

Here come into play solutions such as Signaturit with an advanced electronic signature that guarantees compliance with the highest legal levels. “Our electronic signature solution is a good example, since it allows us to reduce the number of requests and signatures from days to a few minutes, and with this our clients, both developers and real estate agents, manage to significantly shorten the time it takes to close a sale “They say.

 

5. The Internet of Things

Real estate is one of the sectors where the Internet of Things (IoT) has more to say, both in private homes as offices or commercial spaces. Thus the new generations of consumers demand smart homes: a concept that they associate mostly with the connectivity of some of their devices. For example, smart thermostats now exist that base their intensity on motion sensors that guide them as to whether or not there is someone at home, and the mobile phone has become a remote control from which to activate appliances, raise or lower blinds , open or even follow in real time the state of the plants in our garden.

 

6. Virtual reality

Finally, virtual reality is another technology whose application in other areas is still far away but which already offers competitive advantages in the construction sector. Nacho Martín, director and co-founder of Mi5vr knows it well, and his architecture studio discovered the potential of virtual reality. “The first thing we did was change the profile of the staff incorporating computer professionals, people who came from the video game industry and designers in line with our architects, surveyors and draughtsmen. The change was brutal to the point that we have tripled the number of clients, national and international, in less than 2 years “. In Mi5VR perform two types of order