Technology is all around us. We rely on it to wake us, find answers, keep us organized, entertained, power our homes, and so much more. We’re beneficiaries of the direction and pace of technological advances to the degree technology improves our lives and environment.
Despite technology’s prominence, the construction industry remains one of the least digitized and slow to adapt to new technology. Resistance to technological advancement often leads to project delays, cost inefficiencies, undermined productivity, and compromised health and safety.
In honor of National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Day, we’re highlighting innovative technologies that have the potential to transform the construction sector.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience which gives the user an immersive feel of a virtual world. While the most common applications of virtual reality are seen in the entertainment (e.g. video games) and education (e.g. medical or military training) industries, architects and designers are increasingly investing in VR technology.
Implementing VR during the design and planning phase helps improve design, pitching projects, and enhancing training.
Yulio VR (e.g. a software company based out of Toronto), helps architects and designers turn their CAD designs into VR-compatible renderings to share with collaborators and clients. VR technology helps better convey the scale and potential of a design, rather than relying on renderings.
Augmented Reality (AR) is an interactive experience that combines real world and computer-generated content. AR is best utilized by on-site project teams.
With an AR headset, workers can walk a job site at any time and see the empty shell of a building come to life, comparing what they see to the building plan to ensure everything is in order and to make any necessary adjustments. The use of AR can help avoid budget-killing oversights, lowering the chance for major reworks once the project is underway.
Artificial intelligence is the development of computer systems learning and performing tasks normally requiring human intelligence.
AI is perhaps the most diverse and complex form of digital technology with six areas to benefit the construction industry.
Check out our interactive page which delves into each subset.