Construction is a multi-faceted effort requiring the participation of a wide variety of people performing an almost unlimited number of processes and operations. A single project can have hundreds of steps involving thousands of people. Technology is changing the building, helping people stay connected, increasing the speed of decision-making and automating functions.

technology in the construction industry

Increased collaboration

Construction has often been called the sector “silos” where each participant in a project managed by their own part of the project, keeping their information largely themselves. Internet began to change in the mid-90s, when the Internet came graph and people could use hyperlinks to navigate the growing number of sites. Internet has created a centralized location and easy access, where information could be shared project much faster.Computer-aided design

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All the work happens in a construction project is planned in advance. These plans take the form of drawings. Originally, the drawings were made ​​by hand, a process that is time consuming, requiring even identical patterns that had long and draw again. CAD changed all that by automating the process used in the drawing, and to make a drawing of each piece is capable of being an element independent and infinitely reproducible. This meant drawings of construction details that would work in more than one place, or they could work in more than one project, and that could be stuck fast when needed and modified slightly to fit the new location.

Lasers and global positioning systems

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Create corners of the building and outline the perimeters of construction and foundation work could begin, the measures used to rely on tapes and steel, and was calculated from measurements taken from the boundary lines of the property. Laser and GPS have made much more accurate and much faster work. The heavy equipment used to rely on operators read with accuracy and set stakes shovels and buckets equipment at the correct angle to cut and fill trenches rights. And machines equipped with GPS now make fine adjustments to the settings for the job done more accurately the first time.

PC

When the computer reaches the personal level, rather than being tied in rooms heated, construction started moving slide rules and notebooks notes of spreadsheets and word processors. Along with that change came a wider distribution of the tools they use to be reserved primarily for engineers, accountants and architects. Project managers can run a program on a laptop computer that calculates charges based on size and foremen can handle payroll and assign codes work accurately and faster than using paper-based systems. Smart phones today are still adding more computing power where it is needed in the workplace. Managers are making lists, performing security checks and follow up with their cell phones.

Mobile communications

The wireless and mobile technology has freed construction workers and managers of the mooring cables. Now they can stay in touch with employees, suppliers and subcontractors of the office, or in any part of the work. This has increased the speed of decision making and management of project costs, since the information is timely and accurate.