Top IoT Applications Transforming the Outlook of Construction

By CIOReview | Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The IoT wave has started to transform the construction industry. Appropriately implementing IoT technology into a worksite can significantly increase efficiency, productivity, and worker safety.

FREMONT, CA: The construction industry can now overcome productivity challenges with upgraded technological assistance. Research says large projects are taking up to 20% longer to finish than scheduled and running up to 80% over budget. The Internet of Things (IoT)  can tackle this scenario by modernizing the entire construction processes. This innovative style of construction is giving more control over the assets and employees to streamline the whole process with better energy usage, resource allocation, and assets management. The top applications of IoT in the industry are as follows.

• Supply Replenishment

When RFID tags are used for labeling, a system on site can easily count them. The system can send a request from a central system to order supplies when the count drops. With these projects have better chances of being completed on time. Costs are also reduced because the construction company does not need to stock more supplies than it is likely to use. Instead, just-in-time provision becomes possible automatically.

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• Tools and Equipment Tracking

IoT will help reduce the time lost, looking for mislaid construction tools and the cost of purchasing replacements. GPS data is being used to monitor vehicle fleet locations already. It allows landscaping equipment to be precisely positioned on the terrain to then automatically carry out instructions using a virtual map of activities.

• Equipment Maintenance

Sensors in work equipment and machines allow them to transmit data about their status and any need for repair or maintenance. Fixing machines before any break arise more sense than waiting for failure and thus saves time, labor, and cost.

• Remote Usage Monitoring

For equipment used by workers, the IoT means working hours can be logged automatically, and limits can be monitored to prevent worker fatigue and accidents. Wearable computing can also monitor labor health and alertness. Action can be taken if the insights indicate any danger.

• Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Sensors placed in the buildings can update computer models that have been used to direct real-life construction. The sensors can send information on the way that materials are affected by changing climates and the passage of time. They provide insights on possible changes in energy efficiency, how structures behave in various conditions, or how a structure bends under the weight to list a few.

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The construction site of the future will never have to deal with uncertainty with the evolution of the internet of things. By keeping an eye towards IoT approach, construction firms can ensure their work is both productive, effective as well as future-proofed.