In the construction industry, to ensure that it remains competitive all throughout, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the technological advances worth considering.
However, it’s almost impossible to try out every new technological trend that you might come across with, and that’s why we have decided to help. We have gathered the top 5 construction techs that keep the workers safe.
1. Smart Glasses
This is probably the most accessible technology for those who are in the construction industry. There are several types of intelligent glasses available in the market, and each has a remarkable feature that can be very helpful on the job site.
For instance, with Google Glass, it’s possible for wearers to easily roll their eyes upward to see projects on the tiny screen. These devices can also record videos and pictures while responding to voice commands and giving a real-time update on what’s happening on the construction site.
Aside from smart glasses, it’s also expected that a year from now, augmented reality will also be a part of the construction industry. This will allow the engineer, construction manager, and tradesmen to see the actual project.
Companies have also adopted handheld ultrasound technology capable of predicting equipment failures, and it can also investigate wearables that have site mapping and personal safety sensors.
2. Smart Helmets
Smart helmets don’t only provide safety, but it also enhances the productivity of the workers as well. In 2018, you can expect that intelligent helmets would feature a sophisticated sensor suit containing cameras that can give a 360-degree viewing, object recognition, inertial navigation, and most especially, tagging.
These masks are equipped with hard-hat type protection, as well as a full safety visor as part of its overall design.
3. Full Body Protection
In the construction industry, heavy tasks are usually performed, and the beautiful thing about technology is that there are some wearable exoskeletons made for not only making difficult tasks easier to implement, but it also protects the wearer against injuries and accidents.
For instance, there are now advanced back braces and cleverly designed tool holders that allow the workers to easily handle power tools as though it’s nothing.
4. Radio-Frequency Tags
This is considered to be the most straightforward and most affordable wearable technology that should be part of every job site– the radio-frequency tags. These tags are great for keeping track of the worker’s position accurately.
For instance, Redpoint Real-time Location System utilizes indoor GPS to locate the workers easily. Furthermore, the system is embedded in safety vests, and sends alerts through flashing light whenever they worker is entering an unsafe area.
This allows the supervisors, contractor, and project managers to easily monitor the locations of the entire team through the use of a computer and the employee’s ID number, together with the symbol displayed on the map of the site. It’s a software that works great in a sense that it would allow you to find where improvements are necessary. It can also help the workers avoid dangerous situations at all times.
The first purpose of exoskeletons was for medical use as it allows the person to stand up and walk without any difficulties at all. However, now, it’s also being used in the construction industry.
For instance, the Ekso is a type of exoskeleton that allows construction workers to lift up heavy tools with ease easily. Likewise, it makes the process more convenient and lesser amount of time is consumed. One great example would be a worker chipping concrete, and it usually takes four days to finish this job, but with an exoskeleton, it can be done in just a single day.
It also allows the worker to carry a 30-pound rivet buster without any difficulties at all, and manage large chunks of concrete without any trouble.
In the following years, we can also expect this innovation to improve the construction industry dramatically. Exoskeletons could monitor and analyze what is happening on the job site, and mimic how construction workers function, but in a more efficient way.
Although this might be too expensive at first, considering the benefits that can be enjoyed after, makes the exoskeletons worth the investment as it can keep the workers safe.
The Future Of Construction Looks Bright With Safer Work Zones!
Indeed, wearable technologies are exciting, especially in the construction industry. As the technology moves faster, this field will also continue to move forward, that everyone involved will enjoy a safer and more productive environment.