Intelligent Prefab using IoT Technology Solutions
Intelligent prefab is on the rise thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) technology solutions. IoT increases speed, performance and quality in every facet of the prefabrication supply chain and the construction process as a whole.
Prefabrication is a building concept that has been around since ancient Rome. Famously in mid 1800’s, the Corio Villa, built in Victoria’s Geelong, had parts shipped from Glasgow, a monumental effort by Scottish architectural firm, Robertson & Lister. These days, prefab is experiencing a renaissance with more engineers, architects and developers using pre-engineered parts. Combined with IoT technology, prefab is elevated to the next level across the supply chain.
Corio Villa, Geelong Botanical Gardens. Photo credit: TripAdvisor
Augmented Reality for Better Visualisation
Augmented Reality enables real-time viewing and sharing of 3D design models and layouts. With the use of phones, tablets and VR Headsets, prefab suppliers and manufacturers gain better visualisation of the specification. VR Company Viz360 was on hand at DesignBUILD 2018, where they showcased their range of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) services. Using floor plans or 3D CAD models, Viz360 offers an ultra-realistic and game-like virtual experience that is accessible anytime, anywhere.
Track Components with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Logistics is a key concern when using prefab. Data collected from attached RFID’s give stakeholders insight on where the prefab parts are in the supply chain. The data can be used to keep track of the delivery, inventory and part information.
Intelligent prefab using IoT technology means less waste. 40% of materials used on-site via traditional construction ends up in landfills, compared to 2% with prefabrication. With smart devices as tools for communication, specs, material, installation information are easily available with among the project teams.
Most construction work happens on the project site, where there are more safety vulnerabilities compared to the controlled environment in a factory. With a scan of RFID, barcode or Bluetooth sensor, manuals, safety instructions and safety hazards are accessible in real time.
The use of intelligent prefab using IoT technology continues to rise in the industry with more developers discovering how off-site construction can help their projects’ success.
IoT at DesignBUILD
DesignBUILD is looking to expand our representation of software and technology particularly with this move towards more digital products being integrated from building conception. If you have a smart product that you are looking to have specified for interior application, contact the team today to discuss opportunities.
About the Author: Spec-Net
This article was first published by DesignBUILD Media Partner, Spec-Net. The Spec-Net Building Directory commenced in 1994 and since then their news portal has grown to attract over 10 million visitors per annum. Their audience demographics are architects, designers, engineers, contractors, building companies, building manufacturers both commercial and domestic.