New technology in the construction industry

Carinafour is attending the Digital Construction Week in London on October 17th and 18th. The focus is innovation and technology in the built environment, which is a topic that Carinafour places a great deal of importance on. At Carinafour, we’re always looking for ways to innovate and improve our customers’ processes through the use of modern technology. Our experts have a vast understanding of modern production systems and supply chain processes and the ways in which they can be integrated with the people that use them.

The construction industry still relies on outdated practices and there is a big need for new technology to deal with increasingly complex design requirements and changing needs of customers. Digitalisation provides opportunities that can no longer be overlooked. Advances in 3D scanning and modelling, the Internet of Things (IoT) and real-time data collection and analysis have been implemented in other big industries, and now is the time for the construction industry to follow suit.

If processes can become digitised, accuracy and efficiency are both greatly improved, benefiting both customers and the companies offering their services. Profit margins can be bigger with more efficient, digitally managed processes and systems, and customers can have more control over the process and communicate their wishes more clearly. This improvement in efficiency also benefits the end-users or customers that experience better living conditions and lower living costs as a result.

The whole process can be followed online, so all stakeholders can see how projects are progressing, step by step. This level of transparency is beneficial to all parties involved. Risk is also significantly reduced, as 3D models and simulations can reduce the need to physically inspect dangerous premises.

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows intelligent management of assets and equipment, as a central data platform can collect information from each piece of smart equipment. Near-field communication (NFC) also helps collect data and monitor staff and equipment productivity. This saves time, as information about where everything is can easily be found.

3D modelling allows accurate designs and simulations, avoiding the costs of building something then needing to make changes. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of designing buildings using one coherent system of computer models rather than different sets of drawings. Drones, advances in scanning technology and more user-friendly equipment mean it is now cheaper and easier to complete the necessary scans to create 3D models of construction sites, upon which designs can be made.

Carinafour has been involved in workshops on the topic of 3D scanning, focused on the benefits it creates for the shipbuilding industry. We understand the technology and implications for the construction industry and look forward to implementing change and providing new ways to increase efficiency.

AI will also become more important in the future. AI can be used to identify patterns in data and create predictive models. These models can take some time to fine tune, but with feedback the system will learn and become more accurate and reliable, allowing designs to be put through various simulations such as extreme weather.

Digitisation facilitates faster decisions, made easier through the availability of data. Progress can be monitored online, thereby saving time and reducing the need for frequent visits to construction sites to monitor progress. Project managers may still trust their own judgement more than technology, but over time the accuracy and benefits of technology will overcome any doubts and encourage industry-wide adoption.

The tools themselves are not solving the challenges in the construction business, but if we are integrating digital tools, new processes and new behaviour, the impact will be hundreds of billions globally!

We’re excited to be attending the Digital Construction Week and look forward to learning more about the future of the construction industry and how we can better serve our customers!