Construction Today 2018 - Volume 16, Issue 3 - 56
By Phil Bloomberg
Trends to Watch
t's hard to remember a time when
construction and building projects relied
on printed blueprints, pagers and voiceover IP for progress, communication and
safety. But technology is leaving no industry
untouched and it's certainly making construction more efficient, dynamic and competitive.
Nowhere is this more apparent than the
evolution of communication in the construction field. From mobile technology to the
cloud, the ability to connect across channels
has vastly improved.
Let's take a look at the tech trends making
inroads into the construction industry.
struction companies visualize projects from the ground up. Building
information modeling (BIM) is among the biggest advancements
propelling the use of VR. New software tools have automated the
conversion process for creating interactive building visualizations. VR
allows users to step inside of a full-scale 3-D BIM model just as if they
were walking through a building. This level of foresight and interaction fosters better collaboration and communication.
With the use of VR, changes to site plans occur seamlessly before
construction has begun. This helps construction managers and companies avoid major headaches - and expenses - down the line. VR is
also making an impact on safety and equipment training. Simulators
can be used to train those on a construction site on everything from
operating equipment to handling a safety emergency.
Virtual Construction Sites
Virtual reality isn't just for gamers. VR and
augmented reality are changing how con-
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Three-dimensional printing allows flexibility in the shape of designs
while maintaining strength and integrity of structures. One of the
perceived benefits is that 3-D printed buildings would offer far lower