It's Not Enough to "Kind of" Embrace Technology Anymore

It's no secret that technology has changed the ways in which many industries operate. The
construction industry is no exception to this. In recent years, an influx of new technology
trends has emerged, making success in construction more reliant on being adaptable to
these new technologies than ever before. And while some construction professionals may
have gotten away with operating as though they were in the pre-internet era for the past
few years, it won't be long before failing to embrace these new technologies will have a
serious impact on business.

Specifically, a number of relatively recent trends have begun to improve the process of
designing and constructing buildings, as well as improve overall workforce management
and productivity.

Top Construction Technology Trends

Perhaps one of the most "basic" yet widespread trends in construction technology is that
of using mobile devices and smartphone apps to handle different aspects of the design
and construction processes. For example, mobile devices make it easier than ever for
workers to share and even edit documents from the job site itself. And while even some
of the most "set-in-their-ways" construction managers have begun utilizing mobile
devices in the field, recent upgrades to the durability and functionality of these mobile
devices should also be implemented. Specifically, some mobile devices are now
specifically designed to be used in construction sites and are designed to withstand a great
deal of damage, including exposure to moisture and significant drops.

Drones are also becoming increasingly common in the construction sector, especially as
construction managers see for themselves how much easier these devices make it to
assess sites and collect important information safely and efficiently. Specifically, drones
with built-in cameras make it possible to do everything from monitoring logistics on a
site to even converting footage into 3-D models for use in structural planning. Within a
few years, it is likely that the use of drones in construction will be commonplace, and
those who refuse to embrace this technology may have a hard time keeping up with the
competition. While there is a bit of an up-front investment required to purchase drones
with cameras and learn how to operate them, this investment can pay off greatly down the

For construction companies with large fleets, GPS tracking is also becoming very
common as a means of tracking employee productivity and improving overall
accountability. This type of technology allows construction managers and supervisors to
see where fleet vehicles are in real-time. In the future, it is even expected that this
technology may be expanded to be able to collect data on equipment and field conditions,
so getting on-board with this technology sooner rather than later is recommended.

Fully Embracing Technology in the Construction Industry

In recent years, construction firms may have been able to get away with doing things the
"old-fashioned" way or even waiting until it was convenient for them to adapt to a new
technology. However, as the industry becomes increasingly competitive and technologies
more widespread, companies that fail to adapt these new technologies will suffer in a
number of ways. In this sense, it's no longer enough to "kind of" embrace technology in
construction. Now is the time to get up-to-date on these recent advances and find ways to
work them into one's way of doing business. Only by doing so will it be possible to
remain relevant and competitive in a changing sector.