Are Technological Advances Important in the Construction Industry?

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Construction TechnologyThe construction industry is seeing lots of activity throughout the UK in places like Essex. Waltham Abbey, Waltham Cross and Epping Forest are locations in Essex which have seen building projects that have enhanced an already attractive area. Housing developments and other building projects, are quite different to what they were years ago. New forms of innovative technology are increasingly being used which allow more accurate, faster and greener results. There has been a conscious effort to encourage the building industry to adopt a more technical approach. Some of the advances seen include:

Virtual & Augmented Reality

Special augmented reality glasses worn by engineers, used along with 3D models, allow these specialists to visualise underground cables or piping behind walls. Directions on how the problem may be fixed are also displayed. These processes save time and money, while protecting from potentially dangerous mistakes.

Building Information Technology [BIM]

Computer generated images can replicate buildings, utilities and roads, again ensuring that ‘all important’ visualisation for architects and engineers. This has some excellent benefits, one of which is the accurate estimation of materials needed for the work. This obviously reduces waste, so is a more sustainable option.

Use of Robotics

Along with digital software, the use of robotics is having a significant impact on construction. Drones are now a common sight, useful when surveying and also ensuring employee safety. They are an excellent tool for gathering information and data, plus other types of robotics are being utilised to physically build houses.

Green Technology

Construction is now greener than it’s ever been, and low carbon developments are not only desirable but, quite rightly, mandatory. According to the World Green Building Council, all new builds need to be zero carbon by 2030. This won’t be a walk in the park, as buildings are currently responsible for 25% of emissions in the UK. It’s an encouraging fact that the construction industry has been making a concerted effort to challenge and change certain traditional building methods.

 

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