As new design and construction technologies continue to make a positive impact on our jobsites, it was only a matter of time before wearable technology arrived on the scene. It is refreshing to note, a number of these technologies are developed to enhance the everyday gear familiar to the jobsite worker. Created to boost adoption, wearable technology may eventually be used to enhance or offer added functionalities to the hardhat, safety vest and power tools. The following explores 6 exciting wearable technologies for design and construction:
Jobsite environments are rapidly changing with the increased adoption of onsite technologies advancing active and effective engagement. In this new age of design and construction innovation, there will be winners and losers. There’s a clear divide between early adopters and late bloomers that construction professionals cannot afford to ignore. The following describes the technologies we believe will continue to make an impact as well as emerging technologies that could begin to make a presence in 2016.
Simplicity makes PlanGrid a superintendent’s and field engineer’s “go to” job site app. The PlanGrid platform allows for real-time plan updates and synchronizes changes over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. It is practical and easy to incorporate on a project of any size or scope. This mobile tool takes away the need for paper blueprints, delivers much-needed plan version control, and creates a collaborative environment for sharing project critical information including markups, progress photos, and issues tracking.
More than ever, technology plays a vital role in today’s design and construction firms. Emerging solutions are greatly influencing the way a project operates as well as how project stakeholders perform their tasks. However, there are so many options to consider, each having their own pros and cons. Some solutions really suit a specific project role, while others seem to cover a wide range of activities.
Do you ever wonder how to get more out of your project resources? The hustle bustle of an active worksite, ebb-and-flow of resources, the need for critical information, and unpredictably of weather conditions make it really difficult to solve the project productivity puzzle. However, with the advent of location aware technologies, solutions for construction operations productivity seem to be bit clearer.
A sense of place and space is the main area of focus throughout the design and construction project phases. As you are well aware, there is a range of technologies allowing users to experience a space. For example, augmented reality technologies coupled with global position systems allow users to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or global positioning (GPS) data. Virtual reality technologies allow users to interact with a project model prototype and test design prior to physical construction. However, once a building becomes enclosed as a result of physical construction, global position systems no longer works. In this post, we explore indoor positioning systems (IPS) as an option to pick up where GPS leaves off.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably noticed the design and construction industry is rapidly evolving with new, emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is just one of the many technologies positively impacting the way project teams work. AR allows designers and builders to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. This post touches on why the technology’s range and depth of application is truly groundbreaking.
Bringing technology to an active jobsite can prove to be culturally challenging. A traditional job site is accustomed to generating a lot of documents from multiple sources throughout the course of the project. The sheer volume of documentation can lead to an increased potential for miscommunication and error. If the information is shared between individual stakeholders, a lot of time can be spent on re-entering data and can also lead to incomplete data. Fortunately, there are many new and emerging technologies that are quickly overcoming many of these challenges.
It seems like just yesterday when we were suffering from public funding uncertainty due to volatile market conditions. This case study discusses Academic Building II at California State University, Monterey -- a project that reminds us how we overcame that difficult time. This project underwent many state funding delays. As a team, we took these conditions into consideration and remained steadfast in our commitment to preserve the project’s planned budget.
Think about what you could do with the ability to “link” key project information to a location within a building that houses key systems. Now take that ability and imagine what it would be like to access this information from your smart phone or tablet device. That would be pretty cool, right?
This capability is currently being used on active construction projects. The concept of “linking” requires Quick Response (QR) codes. Most people can recognize a QR code when they see one – however, do they actually use them to tag information on a project? QR codes offer the opportunity to create a more connected building thus making the issue of digital competency even more important to design and construction practices.