Many construction companies have been hesitant to embrace new technology because they view it as an expense rather than a method to improve efficiency and cut costs overall. Companies that have been early to the new technology game have reaped the benefits of lower employee turnover, increased productivity, and fewer workplace accidents. Here are a few new technologies that began to take hold in 2019 and are expected to take off in 2020.
- Drones have been an increasingly valuable asset in the construction world for several years now. As their use increases, software companies are making programs specifically for contractors. Drones can be used to increase safety on job sites. For example, many contractors use drones to determine if a roof is safe for contractors rather than sending a human up to check. Drones are also used to collect data and ensure projects are being completed correctly and at the right speed. Builders License Training Institute offers an online Drones in Construction class. Choose your state below to get started.
- Construction Management Software is getting easier to use on the job site and more advanced by the year. Construction Management Software includes scheduling, project management, and timekeeping applications so you can keep track of all your job costs in one program.
- Project Management Solutions have come a long way. These programs are more user-friendly than ever and there are plenty of options to choose from. Project management software can provide a clear view of all activities and communications, as well as, the real-time progress of your projects.
- Building Information Modeling or BIM. BIM is a way of representing buildings, roads, and utilities through computer-generated images to help visualize the construction process before it begins. Architects and engineers use this software to determine how building materials will hold up over time. The ability to visualize projects before beginning work reduces wasted time, labor, and materials.
- Virtual Reality allows contractors to experience complex logistics first-hand and get an accurate gauge on a project. VR can help construction companies get a 360-degree view of the building before construction even starts.