2019 has already brought with it so many new introductions to the trades industries, it can feel hard at times to keep up. Skills Certified Australia are always searching for new ways to improve the operations of our clients, so in this blog, we are happy to introduce you to some new technologies that are revolutionising the construction industry.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to any of the millions of devices across the planet that can now be connected to the internet. While many of us immediately think of smart TVs, refrigerators and even cars, the construction industry is also being improved with IoT, thanks to the ease of introducing sensors and wearable smart devices to worksites. This can collect representative data on a myriad of factors, such as safety, operations, and material performance. Measurable data is key for any successful project, and gaining this information in real time will better help leaders manage their teams, as well as identify areas for improvement with their business.
AI & Machine Learning
Stemming on from the information IoT devices collect, managers can also benefit from technology that assists in organising, collating and organising it. This has come in the form of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. With appropriate calibration, AI can sort through data much faster than a human, reducing a crucial amount of time to keep projects running on schedule. Machine learning also helps to analyse processes and worksites, helping to identify aspects such as potential hazards or industry violations, ensuring that all work is conducted in an appropriate manner.
Predictive analytics are processes built from existing statistics, machine learning, AI, and other data mining sources to essentially make future predictions on projects. It can be a fresh new way to address problem solving and avoid costly mistakes by utilising consistent patterns. Similar to the products mentioned above, predictive analytics can also help managers identify opportunities and anticipate potential issues that could soon arise.
VR & AR
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) has broken away from the world of entertainment and has found practical use in the construction industry. Thanks to the technology becoming far more user friendly, construction teams can now develop virtual walkthroughs of a project. This can greatly improve not only safety and efficiency of operations, allowing teams to more clearly outline what needs to be done, but also give clients as close to an accurate representation of the finished product as possible.