The digital trend continues to advance day by day, and for that reason, a lot of industries find it a little challenging to cope up with such change. The construction industry is one of those sectors that are being left behind, but they are trying to improve that.
They are starting to realize the importance of implementing new technologies in the workplace and how they can be entirely beneficial for them.
Experts even believe that by 2020, there will be rapid growth in terms of technological advances available in the market, and to give you a better idea,
Here’s the new age of construction & Engineering Technology
Building Information Modeling isn’t 100% new, as it’s been around since the 70s. However, it’s only recently that more and more professionals see what it could offer, especially in terms of construction and designing.
BIM is a process that allows engineers and architects to work hand in hand in terms of building design and construction process. They work through the use of a shared database and computer model that makes it possible to visualize the plan even before the projects are carried out.
Through this, they’ll have access to functional and physical characteristics of spaces, have better digital representations, and be able to create the design faster and more efficiently. Furthermore, having a 3D model is proven to be more cost and time-efficient.
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Engineers will be able to pinpoint the errors and issues even before the project begins.
Before there used to be a separation between the different design, as well as build functions and it’s more pronounced back then.
However, with the help of technology, engineers and drafters and converting documents into files which can easily be shared and interpreted by contractors, technicians, and supervisors as BIM becomes more popular. We could only expect that engineers will be eager to work more closely and efficiently with others.
Augmented reality focuses on the idea of using graphic enhancement and applying them on the real physical environment. The advantage of this is that project managers and supervisors will know what exactly is happening in their surroundings.
That’s why AR has been a buzz word in various industries for the past few years, and the engineering industry is no exception to this. It offers a lot of potential in term of manufacturing and design that engineers would have the opportunity to design a product within the environment while also being familiar with the possible clashes, space restrictions, and even aesthetics.
In terms of manufacturing, AR is known for allowing process steps and assembly, which could positively impact the whole project design. Those who are involved can also access these files whenever it’s needed, which means nothing would be left behind.
Managing Performance and Monitoring Safety
In the construction industry, it’s essential to continually manage and ensure the safety of everyone, especially those who are part of the industry.
Likewise, the investment patterns should also be looked upon to determine if it’s necessary for solution providers to switch their resources to various sets of applications that could potentially offer hits about the tools that may soon enter the market– this could be smart wearables, smart grabber cones, PPE, and other technologically-enabled devices.
Since we’re talking about the most useful tools in the construction industry, then it’s essential to discuss prefabricated construction as well. It’s the practice of creating several elements of a structure in a manufacturing site, instead of the actual location, because these would be transported later on.
As compared to traditional methods, this is proven to be more efficient and economical only because it allows the project managers to plan everything, and ensure that they’ll be able to stick with the allotted budget. What used to take years to build back then, is something that can be finished in just a matter of weeks, or even days.
What Engineers Can Expect
As the scope of engineering continues to change with the development of new technology trends, this only shows that the engineer’s role would also change. What they traditionally do wouldn’t be applicable anymore. Instead, they would have other tasks and one of which is to ensure that the devices and modern equipment used are working correctly and meeting the needs of the project.