Internet of Things innovations in the construction industry

Machine and equipment management is the first step of self-driving cars into the construction industry. Machine control, or machine-guided construction, automatically adjusts heavy equipment to perfect site leveling, paving, drilling, or piling work over large areas.

Machine control is used in civil engineering for the construction of large facilities, but as smart building technology develops, it will be more widely used in other projects.

Benefits of the Internet of Things:

  • machine operation control with high precision of high-quality work performance
  • tracking in real-time the progress of work, the movement of machines, and control over their condition
  • planning and coordination of other construction work, taking into account accurate data on the movement of machines
  • increased productivity; reduced latency and downtime

Monitoring site conditions

Construction site monitoring involves the use of a set of sensors that continuously record and transmit data about external conditions. To monitor the construction site, general contractors purchase sensors and place them throughout the facility.

Once the sensors are installed, they constantly collect data, send it and analyze it. This is the data of the conditions on the construction site, which the sensors are designed to measure.

Site monitoring sensors are mainly used in enclosed areas for vertical development, although concrete sensors are increasingly common with horizontal development.

Full use of the Internet of Things on a construction site is only possible with a variety of sensors that measure data such as temperature, humidity, noise, and vibration levels.

Their installation will allow construction companies to prevent accidents and violations by constantly monitoring their sites for safety and compliance with norms and requirements.

Vibration monitoring monitors the levels and patterns of vibration signals within a component structure to detect abnormal vibration events and to evaluate the overall condition of the test object. WorldSensing uses this vibration monitoring in complex construction (construction of tunnels for example).

Fleet management

By automatically tracking vehicles and equipment, management efficiency can be greatly improved. This management makes it easier to track equipment and vehicles, as each machine automatically sends a series of data to a central database about its location, speed, fuel consumption, and maintenance needs.

This technology is probably one of the most widely used Internet of Things solutions in the construction industry. The overwhelming majority of companies use heavy equipment in various processes in the construction of buildings and structures.

Managing even a small fleet is an excruciating headache that requires attention to detail. The more automated this task is, the less chance of error and the easier it is to identify losses. In addition, the system monitors how the operator controls the equipment, thereby increasing safety.

Portable Devices

Portable technology is bringing innovation to many areas, but most of all, it is changing the security system. As the name suggests, wearables are devices that we wear.

These include smartwatches, augmented reality (AR) glasses, smart helmets, and a host of other innovations. These devices track data about a person and transmit it wirelessly.

Many builders use them. This is their personal technique that can be worn in the field. In addition, many of the leading technology companies have adopted handheld augmented reality and security devices.

Portable technologies may have the broadest range of benefits, but from an Internet of Things perspective, their greatest benefits are job tracking and work safety.

Portable devices can automatically track workers, pinpoint locations, flag potential hazards, and send safety/hazard alerts and warnings throughout the construction site in real-time.