A lot of construction experts are starting to embrace new technology because not only does it improve overall efficiency within the construction site, it also ensures the safety of everyone working on the project. Drones hover overboard for site surveying, hard hats light up when there’s something wrong, orange cones are embedded with sensors that could transmit information with vehicles, and many more.
Historically, the construction industry used to be one of the less digitized industries, but times have changed. Here’s how interactive technology will make construction sites safer and more efficient.
Improved Health and Safety Training with VR and AR
Virtual reality is incorporating a new level of safety and health training of workers. Basically, this kind of technology allows workers to learn new skills that could potentially reduce the occurrence of accidents as it creates simulations of real hazards and workplaces.
Through this, workers would have the familiarity they need, especially in hazardous situations and it would also lessen the risks of being injured.
Likewise, augmented reality also allows architects and planners to work with clients and contractor right there and then efficiently. This will enable them to adapt programs and processes during the initial stage quickly.
With AR, data and images could easily be overlaid to physical spaces where build information can easily be shared, and it would lessen the occurrence of accidents. This can be very useful, especially in hazardous situations. Through the help of AR generated information, managers can now quickly determine the construction schedule as well.
Soon, we could expect that both VR and AR can be very helpful in scanning physical buildings against designs. They are also capable of creating a virtual image that would allow workers to see where pipes run, and construction professionals will be able to monitor progress through this.
BIM to Eliminate Potentially Dangerous Trips
For those who are not familiar with the term, the best way to describe BIM is that it’s an intelligent 3D model-based process that could be very helpful for an architect, engineers, and construction professionals who plan to construct, design, and manage their buildings and infrastructures efficiently. A 3D scan like this could also be laid against an already existing BIM design that would allow comparison to the original build.
As technology is being utilized to carry out pre-construction risk assessments, as well as the execution of safety practices within the job site, you’ll have the assurance that everything is being carried out properly.
This also gives you the confidence that the whole team will be using off-site prefabrication, preassemble, and other prevention design approaches whenever necessary. This would reduce the risks of dangerous trips on ladders and lifts during construction. Best of all, it would allow you to save thousands of work hours.
Changing On-Site Safety
Smart sensors can be installed all throughout the construction site because they could easily spot and monitor unseen risks, like temperature changes, dust particulates, humidity, pressure, noise vibration, and many more.
This accumulated data is gathered to advanced systems that send real-time alerts and longer-term risk level analyses. This kind of technology also works on monitoring the changes happening in the environment and provides analytic that contractors and builders can use.
It’s also worth noting that sensors have an excellent construction safety pedigree. For example, Costain has been utilizing electronic perimeter alarms that send alert to roadside workers when the area becomes dangerous. This is to ensure that they will always be in a safe working environment.
Software for Inspections
To ensure the success of the business, it’s essential to maintain the equipment being used. However, it could be troublesome to check every piece of equipment manually. This can be a time-consuming process. Fortunately, technology has made this easier. Now, you can quickly conduct highly accurate inspections.
Drones with Inspection Software
Drones work great in providing worksite health and safety as they alert the workers of potential hazards in the area. For that reason, tech corporations have been developing drones made explicitly for this purpose. This innovation has led to an increased level of security, efficiency, and best of all, safety.
The Use of Robotics
Workers are suffering from musculoskeletal disorders. This often leads to injuries, and sometimes, even fatalities. The development of robotics is slowly solving this issue up, allowing workers to perform strenuous activities with the lesser strain on them.