Construction Industry Leaders

Growing with the 4th Industrial Revolution

Aug 21, 2018


Earlier industrial revolutions freed the world from depending on animal power, invented mass production, and introduced digital capabilities. The fourth industrial revolution, however, brings a whole new angle. For more than a decade now, innovative technologies, which fuse the physical, digital, and biological worlds are creating a massive impact across every industry, transforming how our infrastructure is designed, constructed, and maintained. 

Though the construction industry has been slow to adapt to the revolution, changes are taking place. In fact, some experts predict that construction will experience 70% growth over the next seven years.  Various technologies, such as the examples listed below will play a significant role in the construction industry. Some of the tools available include:

 Smart helmets: Construction employees can wear new protective headgear with pull-down visors with real-time communication, health-monitoring headbands, front and rear-facing cameras with depth perception, sensors, and wireless connectivity.

Robotics: New development in robotics enable the use of robotic arms to make building elements. and in some cases, entire structures. In addition, these robots can work in areas too dangerous for workers, can demolish buildings, position bricks, and excavate.

Building Information Modeling (BIM): Mobile phones have come a long way, and play a crucial role in the field by allowing a worker to virtually access building plans, data, manuals, and specs.

Rugged job site devices: Construction workers could never bring an iPad or similar device on site. However, it's now possible because of the new durable construction. Devices are waterproof, dustproof and workers can access the BIM for pertinent project information.

Unmanned aerial vehicles: We are familiar with drones and other devices in use by our government to detect suspicious activity abroad; now the construction industry can do the same using remote-control vehicles that allow them to visit work sites, take video, photos, and 3D images.

Embracing new technology will prove beneficial, provide a higher degree of safety, cut costs and time, and increase the bottom line for construction companies. By taking appropriate steps, construction leaders can adapt with technology and successfully step into the future. Crucial points include:

  • Attract talent with capabilities in new technologies and building up skills among current staff.
  • Create integrated systems and establish a seamless flow of data.
  • Adopt technology advances, maximizing data and digital models across the board.

Hiring workers who are experienced in and have an aptitude for new technologies is crucial, of course. That’s where Lofton Staffing comes into the picture. Since 1979, we have been building our reputation on providing staffing solutions that help your business become more efficient, cost-effective, and profitable. Contact us today and let us help you revitalize your growth factor in your construction company.

 

 

 


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