Technology has revolutionized the way we do everything and the construction industry is no exception. We’ve identified some technology trends that are changing how builders and consumers approach construction in 2019.
Cloud-Based Tools Ditching paper-based systems and adopting cloud-based tools can take some adjusting but will increase efficiency and streamline processes. Some examples of how cloud-based tools are helpful in the construction industry include project management, updating documents in real-time, invoices, easier budgeting, storage of blueprints and photos and easy access to documents, even from a mobile phone. Snap.Build® has our own proprietary cloud-based application that uses cutting-edge Microsoft services and technology for our clients to utilize to make project management more streamlined.
Green Building & Sustainability The trend of creating resource efficient and environmentally responsible construction projects started several years ago and will continue to increase in popularity through 2019 and beyond. More consumers are demanding and expect green building construction options. Aging buildings make new construction necessary and the practice of green building supports the environment. Repurposing recyclables can be cost-effective, therefore, the practice of green building and sustainability can be very profitable.
Drones Many new construction builders are turning to drone technology for more accurate data collection. Studies show a 239% year-over-year increase in drone usage industrywide, according to DroneDeploy, making the construction industry the fastest growing one to adopt the technology. Project managers may find the usage of drones particularly valuable to track project progress by comparing images and data captured over time, as well as locate materials and keep tabs on worker safety.
Safety Equipment & Training Site sensors, wearables such as smart boots and watches and the use of virtual reality for training purposes are all examples of ways in which technology is keeping those in the construction industry safer. Wearables can monitor and send important data about the health, temperature and location of a worker as well as communicate with site sensors. The use of virtual reality (VR) is becoming a more widely used training technique. VR is more engaging and hands-on than a video or lecture so retainment of knowledge can be a higher rate. VR is also a safer and more cost-effective way to simulate dangerous scenarios that are too risky or expensive to train with actual equipment.
Embracing and adopting technology can be a process but will save time and energy and produce significant efficiencies long term. Snap.Build® is here to help if you have any questions about new construction funding, our cloud-based applications or want additional training on how to maximize our tools at your fingertips to work best for you.