Is your company part of the technology revolution that is sweeping through the construction industry? If not, you need to check out these 5 innovations that could improve your company’s performance, equipment handling, safety record and project management.
1. Office Upgrade:
Construction projects are paper dense. It starts with an estimate and ends with a final financial analysis of profit or loss. In the mix are complex documents related to licensing and OSHA requirements. New technologies offer tools that help manage documents making it easier, quicker and more efficient to keep everything in order. One advancement to take advantage of is electronic bonding. Integrate this office upgrade to make the process quicker and with fewer hassles. In 2016 nine states announced the move to fully electronic for the bonding process. The strong support by bonding associations means that, eventually, bonding will be exclusively performed online.
2. Going Driverless:
Smart technology is taking the driver out of the heavy equipment equation. Are driver-less dozers and 18-wheelers actually smarter? Does that mean they are safer? Is this a realistic technology to embrace? An Australian mining company is currently employing more than 60 autonomous dump trucks. Controlled remotely by a single operator, the company reports cost savings and safety improvements. Productivity has been smoother, with fewer delays reported and, overall, significant savings in fuel usage.
3. Greening Up:
Going green is the new trend. The construction industry is now catching up with 3D printing technology that enables innovation in materials used in building structures. This also makes it possible to recycle formerly used materials. Take, for example, a wind turbine project. Instead of using balsa wood, a natural resource that involves all the fluctuations of seasonal demands and shortages, carbon fiber is becoming the material of choice, greener and more reliably sourced. Concrete, a material widely used in construction, has often been recycled but the process has typically failed to produce a final product in the second round with reliable quality. New recycling technologies are changing that. With stronger, more durable recycled concrete now produced, project economy takes on a whole new dimension that is also greener.
Collaboration and communication are key to maintaining high levels of productivity. With so many construction professionals spread out through a field of projects, technological breakthroughs are the only thing that can facilitate staying connected. FieldLens is the perfect app for free flowing communication. It’s like Facebook for a construction company. Everyone can connect and coordinate. Post video, photos, voice notes or documents. Make a status update or comment on what others have posted. Create custom reports and even spreadsheets. Share a link from the worldwide web. Even if your device is out of range, you can still post. As soon as your signal re-connects, all your input is automatically uploaded.
5. Stay Street Smart:
With so many construction professionals traveling from job site to job site, every hour on the road raises your risk for being involved in an accident. Well, now there are apps that can help. Although cellphone distraction has become synonymous with vehicle mishaps, these apps are game changers. Now your smart device can help you drive safer. Enable Flo Driving Insights to discover what your driving weaknesses are. Trips are automatically recorded, mapping out your driving habits. It can help drivers break bad habits that can become serious road hazards. like high-speed cornering. Collecting data on acceleration habits can also help drivers save on future fuel costs. With a rewards feature to encourage improving driving skills, as well as an option to create a leaderboard featuring the specs for other drivers, it has the feel of a competitive multi-player video game while at the same time being a safety app.
Stay connected with leaders in technology for the construction industry. Adapt and grow for a firm that is competitive, safer and more productive in the 21st century.