In this short clip from our webinar on 10 technologies disrupting the construction sector, we focus on IoT use onsite, the importance of collecting and using data, and the growing use of drones – and the unexpected benefits contractors are finding.
As construction projects become more technically complex onsite tools to build more efficiently are becoming important. With improved tools and greater transparency on project progress, data is a requirement. That data needs to be collected regularly and be clean of bias for it to become useful information that can be used in decision-making.
Also being developed is synchronising real-time data with BIM models and looking at digital twin use throughout a project, to give dynamic information that can be compared with a 3D model.
Javier Bonilla, Head of the Technology Observatory for Construction at Acciona Construction, said: “You are incorporating into that model everything that is happening and being monitored. You have all the tasks and plans. You have all track changes inside the model and that’s being update simultaneously and being synchronised between reality and the digital world.”
Drone use is accelerating as their cost comes down and they become more accessible. In addition, accessories that can be attached to them are becoming cheaper and knowledge on their use more widespread.
Prakash Senghani, Director, Head of Digital Delivery at JLL, said organisations are seeing more benefits from drone use: “We can quickly create meshes of our sites and compare them against BIM models, and that helps us to monitor progress [and] identify safety risks.”
The full webinar on 10 technologies disrupting construction can be watched here.