Currently, the IoT platform has become an indispensable part of the construction industry.
Wondering why? It’s chiefly because the IoT technology is designed to offer construction equipment manufacturers and contractors thorough analyses and reports about the tasks they undertake. The IoT embedded sensors make it easy to capture real-time data, which in turn, helps boost the decision-making process of the construction firms, and maintenance of resources, fleets and personnel.
Besides offering real-time analyses of the events, IoT arms every construction equipment with the capability of sending and receiving data, resulting in recreation of an accurate digital representation of the product itself. This is called the digital twin.
The digital twin of products enables activities like monitoring, diagnosis, and repair of the equipment to be carried out from an obscure part of the world. In other words, experts from any remote corner of the world will be able to monitor, troubleshoot and even carry out repairs without needing to be physically present at the worksite. This results in significant savings on time and travel expenses.
Here’s how IoT is benefiting the Construction Industry at large:
#1. Independent Operation of Machines in Remote Locations
With the aid of IoT, machines can operate independently in areas inaccessible to humans. With machines being connected to the web, via a physical or wireless connection, this sort of operation, is not just desirable but is easy as well. Likewise, wearable computing such as Google Glass enables workers, working on sites, to access instruction manuals in a hands-free fashion.
#2. Real-time Purchase of Supplies
Site systems automatically count the units of supply that are labelled with RFID tags. When the count of the supplies drops below the required mark, the system sends a trigger request to order more. This ensures that supplies are always in adequate measure, which, in turn, makes sure that projects get completed well before time or on time.
More importantly, costs are also managed given that the supplies are purchased in real time, which ensures that supplies are bought in adequate quantity only.
#3. Construction Tool Tracking
IOT helps keep an eye on construction tools as to whether they are in proper working condition or not? This ensures that any sort of malfunctioning or discrepancy is addressed at once, which, in turn, gives longer shelf life to machines.
Further, GPS data could be used to track vehicle fleet locations. It helps in precise positioning of excavating or landscaping equipment on terrains. And also, via the use of a virtual map, it offers automatic instructions for digging, cutting and other terrain modifications.
#4. Monitoring of Man-hours
For types of equipment such as power drills or earth movers, use of IoT means that construction hours could be logged in automatically. The best part: You could define the work hours to prevent worker fatigue and also possible accidents.
More importantly, IoT wearables enable automatic head counting – it helps you know who is working where, spot dangers, and even send real-time safety alerts site wide.
#5. Power and Fuel Savings
With the use of IoT, sites can calculate the amount of electrical power that has been used. This will help businesses take up energy-saving steps. Machines can also record and send back information on Idle time that has been consuming energy so that on and off periods could be adjusted without having a direct effect on the projects.
#6. Equipment Servicing and Repair
Sensors in machines transmit information about the status and their need for service or repairs. This helps fix machines before they break. This saves time and increases the efficiency of the machines.
The Future of IoT in Construction
Thanks to IoT, the construction industry is sure to witness a secure future. With 24/7 real-time reporting of every tool, material and machines at the central hub, businesses will have unmatched insight in terms of materials used, completion stage of the project, causes of delays and much more. And the biggest plus is that the IoT software technologies are programmed to resolve issues without any human intervention. In the next 3 – 5 years, the most progressive firms that have adopted this technology are sure to witness enhanced productivity, efficiency, and so much more.
Author Bio: This is Jennifer Warren, staff writer at GoodFirms – a review and research platform for top ecommerce development companies, digital marketing companies, web development companies among many others.