Imagine what the construction industry would look like with no technology? No power tools, hydraulic equipment, or machinery. Jobsites would be extremely inefficient and outdated.
Implementing new innovative technologies over the years have improved productivity and efficiency at all levels of the construction industry. As many of us know the construction industry has known to be slow at embracing change and innovation, but why are companies hesitant to adopt these resources when it has always progressed the industry forward?
As defined by the Construction Industry Institute, construction technology is a “collection of innovative tools, machinery, modification, software, etc. used during the construction phase of a project”. When you look at this definition and think of all things that could be considered construction technology, it’s obvious that these tools and resources are implemented at almost every stage of a project.
When looking at the technology industry as a whole, construction tech is represented in its own category which demonstrates its value and uniqueness within our society. Three major technology trends that have really stood out in the past few years are safety technology, green construction and modular and off-site construction. Some other examples of construction tech that are prominent on job-sites include:
- GPS in Equipment
- 3D Printing
- Autonomous Vehicles
- Wearable Safety Tech
- Site Management Software
- Fleet Management Systems
- Robotics and Exoskeletons
More and more construction companies are staying up to date with tech trends in the industry to improve business productivity, improve on-site safety (which has been a goal for the industry for a long time), and make smarter business choices overall. Not to mention that technology can help the industry overcome obstacles and help them to grow into the future. As Leon Kass quotes “Technological innovation is indeed important to economic growth and the enhancement of human possibilities”.