The construction industry is being the victim of many changes as technology is starting to reach a stage where it just can not be ignored.
Technology can promote efficiency and productivity when implemented correctly, and in the case of the construction industry, it performs extremely well even in the preconstruction process.
Thanks to the fact that technologies can prove to be a time-saving resource, many industries are deciding to “digitalize” their services and offerings. In the case of the preconstruction process, there are many things that got better thanks to the correct implementation of technological tools and devices.
How Does Technology Streamlining The Preconstruction Process?
In simple words, the preconstruction process is all the planning that is required on a project before even getting into action. The whole construction industry depends on the preconstruction process as thanks to the planning, things like the exact budget, resources, and personnel/equipment will be determined.
Over the last few years, technology has been streamlining this whole process thanks to the inclusion of many digital and physical technologies that manage to boost the efficiency of the process.
While in the construction process everything will be more about handling machinery and equipment like traffic cones, in the case of preconstruction, everything will be about communication and data, something that technology has covered from all angles.
1. Mobile Devices Promote Communication
You would not expect to find traditional mobile devices like phones to be useful in the construction industry, right? Well, they do play a big role in the preconstruction process. They are reliable and easy to use, and thanks to their communication features, it is easy to get in contact with the workers and project managers in no time. Also, it is possible to have access to the data of the project in real-time.
With the usage of an internet connection, it will be possible to connect with all the members and workers to determine what actions and measures should be taken for the upcoming project.
Finally, other mobile devices like laptops and tablets are becoming more used in planning as they can carry a lot of information and come with other valuable tools that will be explained later.
2. Digital Tools for Modeling
In the past, it was extremely difficult to have a small-scale structure for the upcoming project that would be constructed. However, nowadays with the usage of tools like BIM (Building Information Modeling) software, it is easy to make 3D models.
More than 30% of workers have knowledge of how to use these kinds of software that promotes more precise and detailed planning thanks to having more accurate data and information.
Relying on traditional paperwork is a thing of the past as these digital tools not only manage to save time and effort but also resources. Having a digitalized 3D model of the construction will prove to be a game-changer in all senses.
3. Drones in the Preconstruction Process
Drones are becoming a standard in many industries, and luckily, the construction industry is not failing in this task. Thanks to the usage of drones in the preconstruction process, it is easier to have more detailed information about the whole environment and terrain in which the construction will take place.
Also, it will be simpler to have a secure control system without having to invest too many resources in refueling and machines.
Later, in the construction process, drones prove to be just as useful as they can be in the preconstruction. They can be used to survey the whole area. This means that they can be pretty much used like a whole surveillance system that will always have eyes even on blind spots.
Thanks to their approach, it is easier to explore and have more concrete details on areas that can not be easily accessed by humans.
Towers, bridges, top of buildings… drones can reach those areas and do so much more in less time than any other traditional methods that could prove to be time-consuming and less safe. It is good practice to always promote security in the construction industry, so tools and equipment that can reduce the risk of suffering from injuries and developing accidents are always well received.