It’s no secret that technology has been advancing and optimizing virtually every industry over time, and most recently, the construction industry is evolving to make construction sites safer and more efficient for workers.
In 2015, 4,836 workers were killed on the job. That equals 13 deaths every day. But the global construction equipment market is estimated to be worth approximately $145.5 billion, and it’s quickly increasing upon implementation of improved safety equipment using sensory technology and point clouds.
Drones are also being used to improve safety and cleanup procedures. Cleaning up construction sites typically between $150 and $950, but the innovative technology of drones can track site progress, generate photos, maps, and 3D images, monitor job site activity, and more.
One major concern in the construction industry in recent years has been digital security. More and more companies are turning to cloud applications to store and manage data. And despite the fact that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of cloud implementation, Christian Burger, principal and owner of Burger Consulting Group, Inc., said he’s seen an increase in demand for security technologies, especially for mobile and hand-held devices.
“Some people are projecting that construction is the next industry, followed closely by health care, to be targeted by cyber criminals because of the heavy increase in users, distributed environments (job sites) and relatively lax protocols,” Burger told Business.com.
Human resources is another department that technology is quickly dominating in the construction Industry. Despite the fact that worker injuries and illnesses are down from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to 3.4 per 100 in 2011, advancements in digital human resource tools allow for optimization of onboarding, recruiting, asset assignment, and most importantly, training — without proper training, construction workers are bound to misuse equipment and injure themselves.
Ultimately, Burger feels that technology will remain in high demand for the construction industry.
“As more young people enter the construction industry, they expect technology,” he said. “Estimating, project managing, (and) scheduling using state of the art tools (are) all they’ve ever known. There’s pressure from within the company to automate and adopt new technologies. You can’t compete otherwise.”