The Internet of Things technology is becoming so relevant in every business with the fact that, we can not underestimate the ‘power’ of team work, communication and efficiency in delivering projects.
In construction industry for example, there are cases of the use of IoT and the benefits are enormous, making IoT becoming a significant part of civil engineering in this era.
It has transformed every stage of building construction, from designing, developing construction equipment, building, and management, and to also in facilitating the construction team to deliver project on time and it’s now considered in the digital marketing strategy of the construction companies.
In today’s post, I’m going to cover the importance of internet of things in construction industry, its significance in the building construction process and how smart buildings ensure better safety for workers and users.
Better coordination of activities
With standard iot communication protocols, both short and long protocols and even wireless protocols, it enable project managers and construction workers to give directives and process instructions quickly and effectively, irrespective of whether they’re altogether at the construction site or not.
The construction manager can set up IoT machines, employ internet technologies, like computer devices or softwares to send and receive data, making the workers to work effectively even under the control of the remote boss.
This is also effective working in unsafe environment as emergencies are promptly responded to. Not just that, with the development of wearable technology such as Google Glass, it has made accessing instruction manuals to become more convenient for workers. It means they’ll be able to see what should be done while working on other tasks simultaneously.
Better monitoring of supplies
With the help of this technology, and Radio-frequency identification (RFID) system, you can easily know when you’re running out of supplies for your project as the IoT softwares must have been programmed to alert the necessary department in the project team when supplies are low and more orders should be made.
This alone can help in preventing oversupply of materials, so also delay in getting more supplies as the project managers would be notified not when the materials are finished but when there are no much in stock.
The waiting time for more resources to continue work in site is one of the causes of delay in delivering project sometimes and IoT is a solution to this challenge.
Better Analysis and Tracking
The recent innovations in technology make it possible for the construction workers to accurately determine the number of workers needed for project, and how a particular machinery would function.
For example, you can have the idea of how a pneumatic machine would work, and the different machines already installed on the site.
With this, there would be no more delay in planning since most processes are automated, and even the cost of purchasing replacements for equipments would be well managed.
There are also GPS data and sensors that could be employed in safety cones, as well as vehicles to monitor everything happening on the site real time.
IoT technology also allows the machinery and devices to be positioned accurately, and then automatically carry out the instructions through a virtual map whenever modifications are necessary.
For better Monitoring of devices
The sensors embedded in machines help tracking it and sending data about its operations. This help improving the routine maintenance activities, manage time and resources and yield better result as prompt notice about devices that needed to be serviced, repaid or replaced with new one are given.
One good news about this advantage is that, managers would be able to identity faults and fix the machines before they start malfunctioning and this will definitely help in preventing severe damage to the machineries or/and give more time for the managers to plan and replace machine that’s not working properly, especially if they rely heavily on the machine to do most or major work on the site.
For effectiveness and efficiencies
IoT technology makes it possible to send and receive information regarding the amount of power or fuel used by a device or equipment. That means you’ll be able to adjust the after-hours lighting to be able to save energy.
For machinery, they’ll be able to send back information regarding the idling time, which means that during off periods, it can be easily adjusted without having to waste fuel.
The internet of things technology also brings in augmented reality. Through this, wearable devices can be more functional as instructive data can be saved in these devices.
Also, augmented Reality makes it possible to program safety devices with sensors as these are usually installed on the AR device.
It can also stimulate real-world interactions, communicate, and process the collected data. These can be controlled either through a touchpad or voice command system. At a construction site, a voice command is preferred as workers are usually engaged in physical activities and there hands are always ‘tight’.
Finally, It doesn’t matter if you’re working on small or large tools equipment, the integration of IoT in the construction industry means the building process is enhanced, instructions would be better processed to yield better results, there would be proper and better analysis and recording, accidents can be better prevented and resources, both human resources and material resources would be better managed.