Smart Building Construction Management: The Smart Construction Site

Smart building construction management is fast becoming the staple process in the built environment.

With the help of Internet of Things (IoT), more and more stakeholders and industry specifiers are integrating smart connected devices to improve their business processes, risk and asset management and day-to-day overall operations.

Connected Time Clocks

Gone are the days when construction workers would fall in line to clock in or clock out of work. One aspect of the smart building construction management enables workers to clock in or clock out through their smartphones or with sensors embedded on the workers’ hard hats. This greatly improves work efficiency, helps finish the job on time and provide accurate measurement of work hours.

Equipment and Inventory Tracking

Keeping track of machinery, equipment and building materials is made easy and in real time, with the use of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). This helps prevent asset loss and enables purchasing staff to monitor supplies and order in advance to avoid a stock shortage.

Surveying and Project Tracking

There was a time when many lives were put at risk during construction of high rise towers. Scaffolding and cranes are the conventional options that offer little to no safety for the construction workers.

Today, drones are considered one of the essentials in smart building construction management. From mapping out site surveys, data analysis, providing an aerial view of progress, and monitoring job sites, drones significantly improve daily site operations with an added blanket of security for construction workers.

Safety Enhancements

Managers are always on the lookout for a way to reduce the number of onsite accidents and injuries. Using construction drones enables safety managers to skirt around the site, quickly improving safety efficiency by up to 50%.

Smart safety devices, such as hard hats and other wearable devices with embedded sensors alert workers and project managers to changes in the temperature, recognising early signs of fatigue, heat stress, and stroke.

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.

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