Too often, the public perception of the construction field is that of an industry that is slow to change and adopt new technology. However, if you have been working in the field for more than a few years, you already understand that nothing could be further from the truth.
The simple reality is that the construction industry is always changing and adapting to new demands, processes and technology. While it’s true that craftsmanship, steel and wood are the building blocks on which the industry is forged, the tools and technology used to shape these building blocks are continually evolving.
Just think about how the documents used to design and engineer a new building are stored. Ten years ago, all those documents would have taken up draws upon drawers of filing cabinets. Fast forward to today, when those same documents can all be stored on a thumbnail drive – better yet, they can all be made accessible from your mobile device.
And that was just 10 years ago.
A look at construction technologies in development suggests a near-term revolution in how we build and operate. Need more convincing? Here is a look at how a few seemingly futuristic technologies are shaping the jobsites of today:
Let’s face it, our fathers and grandfathers could only dream about the technology being used in today’s construction industry. In their day, people had to do everything by hand, and a great deal of the work was done in teams. Today, and looking to the future, many of those same processes have become mechanical, and in many cases computerized. While it still takes skilled craftsmen to perform these jobs, the tools used to support them are of a very different nature.