Using the Internet of Things in the Construction Industry for Design and PlanningAugust 5, 2017
The world of construction took a little more time to assimilate new digital technologies to make the industry work more efficiently. One technology they’re just now getting around to using is The Internet of Things, now abbreviated as IoT.
Using the Internet of Things in the construction industry now encompasses multiple categories, though it’s mostly helping in the areas of design and planning. Since a good majority of pre-construction work involves designing, IoT can take things technologically further than anything else out there.
The same goes with planning construction projects, particularly in assuring systems perform up to expectations. Downtime can also be overcome thanks to IoT technology.
Here’s a look at how this tech works in construction as a way forward to a new decade.
IoT Providing Construction Equipment Data
With smart devices ubiquitous on appliances in homes and business, those in construction can use the same thing on equipment. Many devices go beyond the basics of calculating machine hours or fuel consumption. Now it can go into more complex data like engine load or fluid pressures.
More detailed data on how your equipment works to prevent downtime with unexpected repairs. Better scheduling of preventative maintenance helps your construction equipment last longer to avoid spending more on replacements.
Using smart devices for equipment health checks also enables you to study the above stats through a mobile device. When you’re on the go, it makes it easy to manage your equipment without having to make a special trip to your headquarters.
Tracking Where Your Construction Equipment Is
Keep in mind that IoT goes beyond just providing data. It can also track how, when, and where your equipment gets used.
Considering a lot of these tools have to go to various work sites, how can you track where they go and if they’ve been returned? Using sensor technology, you’ll pick up on your mobile device where your work equipment went and where it still is.
Again, this helps your management duties when you have no time to return to the office.
Constructing Smart Buildings
IBM’s Watson has a huge presence in building construction lately, mainly in adding to building information modeling. Otherwise known as BIM, adding IoT sensors to your building helps you gain valuable data about how you can make the structure more energy-efficient as just starters.
These sensors pick up energy usage in the building, as well as how many people interact on each floor. All of this helps with future building projects without having to do a more expensive analysis.
Watson above is one of those IoT tools that provides intelligent recommendations on how to improve projects so they’re more appealing to any tenant.
Creating More Cost-Efficient Prefab Buildings
If you have any experience working with prefab construction materials, you know how costly it can become without being able to track what’s in the supply chain.
IoT devices in prefab supplies help you know where all the parts are during the building construction phase to offset unexpected costs or delays. The more complex the building you’re constructing, the more costs could potentially rise if you don’t know when materials arrive.
Much of this applies to supply replenishment as well when you suddenly find yourself needing additional prefab materials to complete a project on time.
Monitoring Projects Remotely
One of the greatest aspects to IoT is the ability to monitor your construction projects on a mobile device from afar. You may have to spend time at other work sites, and now you can monitor what’s going on in other locations when you can’t be everywhere at once.
When branching out to international construction planning, this is going to become extremely valuable to cut down on travel time.
Keep reading us at Jaroop as we explore how technology continues to improve the construction field.