With the help of high-tech instruments, construction crews are now able to provide better craftsmanship, productivity, and overall time management within projects. Incorporating technology into everyday practices improves product safety and increases the amount of information collected in preparation for an upcoming project, during construction, and upon its completion. Below are some examples of instruments used that may help with your next construction project.
By laser scanning the Field measurements, crews can capture detailed geometric information that is extremely accurate when done by a professional. The data can be exported into BIM or CAD files instantaneously to improve time management and overall productivity, especially when working in teams, to view results quickly. The Trimble SX10 is a great option for scanning. Another option would be Lidar scanning options, a method used for measuring distances by illuminating the target with laser light and measuring the reflection time the light takes to return to the sensor.
The popularity of drones began several years ago and continues to rise as more companies are requesting drone work for construction projects. Drones are equipped with cameras to help capture images and video to support site assessments and inspections. They can also monitor project logistics. Some construction firms are now converting drone images into 3D pictures that mirror architectural plans. Explore new ways to film construction projects with the DJI Pro Drone.
If you manage a fleet, then GPS tracking is a must. While GPS hardware that is installed in construction vehicles is used for safety, it can also be used for logistics as the company can monitor a vehicle’s position in real-time. As technology improves, Fleet tracking software programs and telecommunication apps are beginning to streamline information for instant field data collection including site weather conditions and equipment conditions from the equipment operator’s dashboard.
As with other technologies, future trends in GPS tracking likely involve greater interconnectedness with other systems. Fleet tracking software and telematics systems can provide instant data about field conditions, as well as equipment conditions, and feeding that information into a central dashboard will improve operations. Verizon Wireless GPS feet tracking software with real-time, 360-degree views, provides daily operations in one place to increase productivity and time-management.
Virtual Reality Wearables
Construction Safety Wearables are now considered visualization tools. Smart glasses and hardhats with built-in micro cameras provide a “second look” for accuracy and safety. Originally designed for gaming, Virtual Reality (VR) is no longer specifically for game use as smartwatches, safety vests, and headsets are now manufactured with VR capabilities. VRFocus Headsets can take a crew member inside a construction environment using VR-3D software and confirm the designed structure resembles exactly that of the rendering.
The most cost-efficient technological tool with easy-to-use apps is mobile devices. Working with your mobile device and using productive construction apps, allows workers to document, share, and access all project information 24/7. Sometimes heavy-duty devices on a job site can slow down production, so having a small, compact mobile phone is the quickest way to communicate. CoConstruct, a project management app, allows for easy access to project portfolios and communication between team members and customers.
There is no denying that technology is a necessity for any industry to thrive. At Pittsburgh Stone & Waterscapes, we use a wide array of technologies, from 3D scanning to 3D architectural design renderings to 2D draft renderings, to make sure your dream project is accurate from start to finish.