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Three More Technologies That May Impact the Heavy Civil Industry

Many people believe that the construction industry is resilient to change, but this simply isn’t the case. We’ve shown you three advancements that have already made a mark on the industry, but we want to make sure you’re aware of these emerging new technologies that are sure to be commonplace in the world of construction. Not only will these technologies improve productivity and safety on the job site, but they will also cut costs and improve overall efficiency of every job.

Augmented Reality

Imagine being able to see the length, width, depth, and weight of a particular structure or building material without having to use any measuring devices. While it might sound like a stretch, this will soon become possible thanks to technologies like Google Glass and the Oculus Rift. These devices will also be able to work in tandem with specialized software that can serve as an alternative means of communication between members of a team via instant message and even recorded videos. But this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s possible—as the demand increases, so does the incentive to create solutions to lingering problems.

3D Printing

Although this innovation has gained attention thanks to its possibilities for residential construction, 3D printing also has applications for the heavy civil industry. Planners and contractors can now bring their projects to life by creating models that display the finished project for their clients and team members. 3D printing also enables equipment to be fixed and replaced at a fraction of the cost of traditional means. Most recently, the Centre for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power revealed a working excavator printed using 3D technology.

“Smart” PPE 

What if technology was able to track and analyze everything from core body temperature and repetitive motions to the location of a team member on the job site? Thanks to the latest advancements in PPE, this will soon become possible for every construction company around the world. New hard hats and safety vests are revolutionizing the way workers approach their job duties. UK based Laing O’Rourke has developed a sweatband that can be retrofitting on any existing hard hat that tracks the wearer’s temperature heart rate, and surrounding humidity: an essential resource during the summer months. Using data collected by these new forms of PPE, supervisors, management, and OHAS advisors can design and implement programs that can specifically address their company’s problems.

What did you think of these emerging technologies? Is there one that we missed? If so, let us know via Facebook and Twitter today!