Join Jim Rogers for an in-depth discussion in this video Technology in construction, part of Construction Management Foundations.
- Recent advances in technology have had an incredible impact on the construction process in a very short period of time. And I think they're going to continue to drive change, moving into the future. Some of the influence that technology has had on the construction industry includes things like global positioning systems and lasers to increase the speed and accuracy of layout and positioning. Now some of that type of technology has been in use for a while now. And it's been widely adopted and integrated into our processes.
These days we wouldn't even consider installing something like a drop ceiling grid without using a laser to level it. This one piece of equipment increases both the speed and the accuracy of the installation. Now other technological advances though are newer and they're not as well adopted at this time. So take drones for example. I can now have at my disposal, a small, lightweight, flying high definition camera that I can use to inspect my job site including those areas that would otherwise be difficult to reach.
So I recently wrote about some of the new rules in the United States that allow us to now start using these machines on our project. And I talked about how utility companies are beginning to equip their line trucks with drones so they can drive up to a pole, deploy the drone and inspect remotely via the camera. Think about applying the same concept to the inspection of a roof. If I'm the project manager or superintendent and I want to check the progress at the end of the day or inspect the quality of work done that day, I can deploy a drone and do it from the ground after everyone is off the roof without having to even climb up to the roof.
And I can record it and end up with a video record of what's been completed. And this is much safer than having to climb up there and work from a high location. So the list goes on and on and it's going to continue to grow. Obviously computers have been contributing to the evolution of the construction process for quite some time. And now tablets and smart phones have accelerated some of these advances. And I think that one of the most important example's of this is the use of digital drawings and documents.
When I think back over the years at how many processes were effected by access or actually lack of immediate access to construction drawings, it's incredible that our industry hasn't been even quicker to embrace digital drawings and documents. Clients that I worked with and companies that have really embraced digital documentation will go on forever about how this has had an incredibly positive impact on their processes. Think about never having to carry around that huge roll of blueprints or that huge binder full of project specs.
But still always having them available wherever you go because they're digital and you can pull them up on your tablet or your computer. Or go even further and take a look at the latest three dimensional building information models or BIM. These models allow us to move from the two dimensional plan views that we've always used in construction to a three dimensional view that includes all of the elements and materials that we're going to use shown in place and to scale. And by doing this we can help resolve conflicts and collisions and congestion.
So if you want to see some great examples of digital construction drawings and building information modeling, make sure to check through our online library for Bluebeam courses and BIM courses. In the meantime let's move away from technology for a moment and look at how some improvements are being brought about just through some changes in the way that the industry looks at some things.
Whether you're a construction industry veteran looking to switch roles or a brand new construction manager trying to get your bearings, this course provides you with meaningful insights into this vital, evolving industry and your role in it. Instructor Jim Rogers explains how integrated project delivery methods work, how technology is shaking up old processes, and how lean productivity methods are being used at construction sites. Throughout the course, you'll get industry knowledge from Jim, as well as other experienced construction professionals.
- Modern construction industry overview
- The construction team
- Reviewing the many roles of the construction manager
- A day in the life of a construction manager
- Understanding how the industry is organized
- Working with alternative project delivery methods
- Understanding the role of technology in construction