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Tech-enabled Construction – Ropes in Quality

Technology is being used in almost all sectors of real estate. Even construction industry has adopted a number of technologies because it has realised that tech-enabled construction ropes in quality. Technology in the construction sector provides predictability, efficiency, quality and scalability. 

1.Technology in Construction

The collection of innovative machinery, software, tools and various modifications used during the construction of a project is considered to be the advancement in technology. It enables the use of automated and semi-automated equipment and also enables advancement in construction field methods. Preconstruction technology can also be included in advanced technology. Here are a few advanced technologies that are used in construction and that help to rope in quality.

1.1. Precast Technology

Precast technology is used instead of conventional RCC buildings. This technology is cost-efficient, fast and sustainable and doesn’t compromise on quality. Precast walls, panels etc are stronger, durable and economical. Precast building is not only durable and versatile; it is environmental friendly and reduces the construction time. Precast concrete is known for durability and high-quality. In this type of technology, different elements or panels of concrete are produced under strict quality measures with no wastage. This tech-enabled construction ropes in quality.

1.2. Building Information Modeling

Digital representation of buildings in 3D models is nothing but Building Information Modeling (BIM). It facilitates better collaboration and can lead to better design and construction. Changes to the BIM model occur in real time and are immediately communicated to all the team members. In this way each one associated with the project works with the most up-to-date information all the time. The team can plan out each phase of the project with the visual representation of the model. Hence there will not be any chance of misunderstandings or mistakes in planning thus leading to a quality design and then to a quality construction of the project.

1.3. Drones on Construction Site

It is a common site to see drones flying on construction sites. They are used for quick jobsite inspections and to identify potential hazards on the construction site. They are also used to monitor the workers and their safety. As drones are equipped with cameras, they take photos to monitor the work as it progresses and then create models as a record to showcase the changing work conditions of the site. Drones also take up the inspection jobs that may be dangerous for humans, like heights and building inspections at difficult to reach points. Drones come into play right from the beginning of a project where they are used to collect visual data by aerial survey. With proper inspection by drones, quality of construction improves on the construction site. It also saves money and time.

1.4. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Systems help construction firms to use data and make better decisions, improve jobsite safety, reduce risks and increase productivity. A lot of time gets wasted on the construction site to retrieve tools, materials and certain equipments. AI improves the productivity of the workers by reducing the amount of time wasted in this search. Sensors are installed on equipment and materials which help to track them. AI and Machine Learning are taking the construction sector to a higher level. These two together is one of the most impressive and revolutionary tech- advancement in the field of construction. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, collectively solve different variations of construction problems that could damage the construction progress, thus creating a quality construction. Artificial Intelligence can help in planning and design, safety, monitoring and maintenance of equipment. AI can play a major role in improving the productivity, quality and safety of projects.

1.5. 3D Printing with 3D Printers

3D printing will revolutionise the construction sector in the next decade. It has the potential to replace a considerable amount of construction across major segments. This includes all types of construction like residential, commercial etc. It is a computer controlled sequential layering of material to create 3D dimensional shapes and then the layers are fused together. 3D printers reduce injuries on the construction sites that might happen due to construction on heights. It also reduces cost of construction. The quality of construction and the finishing of the product are commendable. 3D printers take very less time for construction as compared to traditional methods. 3D printers may even complete a project in a day or a few days. They can create unique buildings which are more durable and of the finest quality.


2.Technology Reduces Cost of Construction

Traditional methods of construction are slowly being replaced by different technologies which are proving to be cost effective in addition to creating quality houses and without compromising on the safety and security of the project. Technology is used in raw material like Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum. This is a modern building component used in the form of panels. They are made of gypsum plaster reinforced with glass fibres. These are also known as rapid walls and this is the new trend in rapid building technology. They reduce man power, cost and time of construction and also the use of natural resources like river, sand, water etc. But they are strong and light weight. They are used to construct strong and high quality walls. Porotherm bricks or permeable concrete with high porosity can improve the quality of the budget without compromising on the quality of construction. Tech-enabled construction reduces cost of construction.

3. Smart Homes and Internet of Things (IoT)

In the present era, the use of technology ropes in quality of apartments or villas. A Smartphone application can change a house into smart home. This application uses wireless communication techniques to control and monitor home functions. Home appliances, home security controls, alarms can be connected by a central hub via internet or through Wi-Fi and controlled by a mobile app. With this technology one can build a truly smart home, the sensors of which can be controlled from any distance. The home becomes a quality home and a smart home when it has a range of smart devices which you can control with an app in your mobile. 

4. Tech-enabled Construction Ropes in Quality

Technology that is used in construction provides predictability, scalability, transparency and quality. A software known as Project management software monitors the project at every stage of construction process and enables preventability. This technology benefits the consumers, contractors and all stake holders of the project and also simplifies and automates the process. Construction technology ropes in quality and helps to bring certainty and saves time and money. Drones play an essential role in delivering huge and complex projects with better quality, better finishing and timely delivery. They help reduce the risk of accidents and keep the workers safe. AI along with Machine Learning accumulates problems and then executes tasks with better speed and recovery. Various technologies are on track to revolutionize the construction industry and it is a fact that tech-enabled construction ropes in quality. 

Pallavi Krishna


– Written By Pallavi Krishna

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