The building trade is booming, and the competition is fierce. If you own a construction company, you will know that you have to offer clients a high standard of service if you are to stay at the top of your game.
Fortunately, innovative and useful technological inventions are being launched every year that can streamline your business. Here are 3 ways technology can benefit your construction business.
Apps and Software
Many of us wonder how we ever managed without mobile phones and iPads. It was possible, but everything took a bit longer and may not have been as accurate. We have the luxury of instant communication these days, but we also now have apps and software on our computers and mobile devices that can make life even more streamlined. For example, switching phones.
Software is readily available that is tailored to deliver accurate construction analytics so that companies can access project reports, expenses, photographs, employee data, and other important data generated from a project at the touch of a button. Concise reports can be generated in minutes and shared via email with all parties involved.
Applications and software can make light work of administration and HR duties because they can track employee working hours, absences, and payroll. Income and expense reports can be compiled quickly, making it easy to assess how successful your business is and whether or not there is room for improvement.
Drones and Robots
Crewless aerial vehicles or ‘drones’ are becoming an increasingly popular piece of technology in the building industry. These clever gadgets have made it so much easier for builders, surveyors, and architects to perform everyday tasks such as the measurement of building plots and the aerial mapping and surveying of land.
Drones can fly around at immense heights and be controlled by a person on the ground. This means that they can inspect and take footage of the roofs of buildings, pipelines, power cables, bridges, and other areas that would endanger a person if they were to scale similar heights. They give a bird’s eye view of a building site, and the data they collect can be shared easily with all employees involved in the construction. They are also invaluable when it comes to health and safety as they can monitor workers and ensure that they are working in safe conditions with the correct safety apparatus and tools.
Robots are already being used in the building trade to perform specialized construction tasks such as creating drywall, drilling, welding, and bricklaying. Their use is expected to increase by over 25% by 2023. Using robots reduces the risk of human error and lost man-hours from employee absences.
Smart clothing is transforming the industry from relatively risky to safe for employees in the building trade. Coats with built-in battery-powered heating pads keep employees warm when working outside in freezing temperatures. Whereas when working in extreme heat, a vest fitted with fans and a system that pumps cool water around will keep them sweat-free. A comfortable worker is a safe and productive worker.
Smart boots are another clever piece of clothing that records data as a worker moves around and ensures that they adhere to safety regulations.
It is essential to keep abreast of the latest inventions to enable your business to grow and stay relevant.
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