Technological innovations can indeed enable managers across industries to be future-ready and aid organisations in preparing for Industry 4.0. A study carried out by Genpact Research Institute shows that out of nearly $600 billion spent across the globe on digital projects every year, two-thirds of those ended up offering negative returns on investment. This shows that seamlessly integrating new automation into a business presents itself as a challenge for even the most agile managers, especially in construction management. An evident problem recognised – is the aging workforce and their lack of interest in modern innovations. This can be overcome by encouraging a new generation of workers to involve themselves in the revolution taking place in this industry. How exactly can this be achieved?
If you want to attract these individuals, then you need to adapt and subsequently appeal to areas in which their interest lies. What exactly is that? This generation is pretty much interested in technology and learning new trends. The implementation of wearable devices has grown exponentially in recent times in construction processes. If effective training is provided, the process is more likely to be successful leading to safer work sites and manufacturing efficiency. Moving on, below we have thrown light on a few wearable devices which can be used and implemented in developing a modern built environment.
Microsoft is one of the world’s most renowned technology giants and it is honestly no surprise to see them venture into the construction management domain. The HoloLens allows site managers to overlay and evaluate 3D building plans over a job site. Essentially an adaptation of smart glasses, they enable managers to communicate with their workers in real time. Using Augmented Reality technology in construction such as computer vision and object recognition, the details about the practical real world of the user become interactive and can be subjected to digital manipulation. This device is used to help cut down mistakes and boost precision in processes. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architecture) revealed that more than half of the architects around the world believe wearable digital technology in construction has changed the way how building projects are being delivered in today’s age.
One of the intimidating threats at project sites is the employee’s physical safety and well-being. Spot-R Clips, developed by Triax Technologies are a new construction device that should be widespread across all prevalent job sites in the future to tackle this issue. The built-in gyroscope notifies supervisors about the location of someone that has tripped, slipped, or fallen while working at the site. Push-button features, allows workers to alert managers if they’re injured and hence receive attention sooner. Sensors in the form of smart clips are efficient in compiling data on individual employees. They use GPS and timestamps to track worker movements, determining when and where the activity is taking place. These clips can even be used to set up geofencing areas in order to outline hazardous or restricted zones. They’re fairly cost efficient, providing valuable insights that were never available a few years back. These devices are a safe investment for any firm willing to do the analysis needed to take advantage of sensor-provided analytics to help you determine beneficial changes in business processes.
The smart clothing technology industry is a growing one, despite the fact that no one really is actually wearing it yet. Most of these devices remain in their prototype phase, with only a few being implemented successfully. In construction management, smart clothing can go a long way in ensuring optimal work conditions for site workers. DeWalt has innovated heated jackets, running on battery that can last a full workday, subsequently allowing workers to work in comfort even in adverse freezing conditions. On the opposite end of the spectrum, cooling jackets are available with a fluid system that pumps cooling liquids through the vest to prevent disastrous health hazards like heat strokes.
The world is not what it used to be and it’s critical that the construction industry recognises that. If constructors want to maintain their relevance, they must divert their attention to up-to-date and innovative tools such as wearable technology. These tools will not only attract new workers but will also make their duties easier. The time for technology adoption is now, so what are you waiting for?