When you think of builders, certain images come to mind: busy and enthusiastic tradesman applying hammers, saws, and drills at noisy job sites.
What you don’t think of are smartphones and tablets, but perhaps you should.
Technology in the Construction Industry
Building firms that work on large-scale projects have been using construction computing technology for years. One common example is project management software that tracks costs, work schedules, supply levels, and progress in general. Their associated apps can be installed on smartphones and tablets, which presents the following advantages.
- Contractor progress can be followed and recorded using a database system and phone camera.
- One person can create and update a single schedule, visible to the entire team, from wherever they are.
- The ability to update key project information instantly should prevent schedule conflicts and disparities in deadlines.
No one should overlook small builders skills if they want to work for a large firm and even be promoted to management one day. Even if they prefer to work with smaller projects, it’s still challenging to anticipate where technology will take the industry. It’s better to protect the future of one’s career than risk being left behind later on.
Given the rapid pace of technological change, it’s hard to say how the industry will change in 10 or even 40 years’ time. One good example is building information modelling (BIM), which architects, engineers, and construction managers use to create and develop 3D building designs. Until now it’s been used primarily in larger-scale projects, but augmented reality (AI) has become so popular that it won’t be long before customers expect a visual peek at how their new extension will look.