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IoT For Construction

30/09/2020

Studio Victoria

3 minutes

In previous articles, we have already explained what Internet of Things is and what the ZigBee Alliance is. In this blog post we are going to be discussing Internet of Things for the Construction Industry by answering the following question: what are the advantages of the Internet of Things for the Construction Industry? Keep reading to find out how Internet of Things for the Construction Industry can help you to #ONEUPYOURBUSINESS!

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF THE INTERNET OF THINGS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?

As we explained in an earlier article, the Internet of Things (IoT) can offer businesses and people with opportunities to become more efficient, gain better insights, and increase the ability to work smarter. Advancing technology is making it easier to transfer information, communicate, and connect with the world around us, opening us up to multiple opportunities. Therefore, our list of advantages will introduce how the IoT can benefit the Construction Industry:

  • Increases safety: a system of connected sensors will enable you to monitor your environment helping you to increase safety as it can detect for instance, air quality to help make sure workers are not exposed to any hazardous substances or notifying you when a worker gets too close to a piece of machinery. IoT wearables can also monitor the wellbeing of workers by identifying for example stress levels, pulse rate, blood pressure. With IoT being able predict, monitor, and prevent any issues it can help reduce the cost of accident management and improve safety
  • Improves security: loss and theft are challenges the Construction Industry faces due it being hard to monitor a large construction site at all times. The Internet of Things (IoT) can improve security by making it easier for you to locate and track materials or equipment by IoT enabled tags that are equipped with sensors allowing you supervise materials and equipment without physically needing to be there
  • Enables predictive maintenance: predictive maintenance can be obtained by adding sensors to machines to communicate information in real-time about their status and if there is any need for service or repairs. This will help you to identify any issues in the early stages to prevent project downtime. It can also provide data allowing you to be notified of any damages, expiry, environment conditions, and stock supply as a few examples
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM): Building Information Modeling software creates a digital version of the project based on real-time construction and maintenance data. Sensors can be integrated into 3D models of the building to create data that models things such as energy usage, temperature and much more. When the model is changed, all other plans affected are instantly updated too. IoT helps provide relevant data and when combined with BIM, it can be shared with all stakeholders and other people involved, presenting the insights visually in a dashboard
  • Remote equipment control and Augmented Reality (AR): Connecting building machinery to a wireless connection will allow you to manage construction processes remotely and operate alone and in areas that could be polluted or dangerous to be in. Remote equipment control can provide many advantages such as construction hours being logged automatically and monitoring workers to prevent fatigue and accidents. IoT wearables can monitor health of the construction workers and drivers as well as provide alerts of any issues for concern allowing you to take immediate action to prevent danger. Another example is, [Google Glass]( https://www.google.com/glass/start/ “Google Glass”] which helps doing jobs to be more faster, smarter and safer through Augmented Reality which enables you to instruct employees and manage construction from the point of view of the worker in real-time and in a real-world view
  • Improves waste management: IoT solutions can help to improve waste management as it can provide real-time waste management data which can produce accurate reports, sensors to monitor on-site waste levels, reduced recycling and disposal costs by finding more efficient routes for waste collectors, an enhanced operating mode to prevent debris pile-ups, and can identify how waste loads differ across the year. Therefore, introducing IoT can reduce the amount of waste generation and operating costs
  • Improves decision making for project management: implementing IoT solutions can provide the Construction Industry with real-time data that can offer help in making informed decisions in things like negotiation with investors, reporting, planning, and resource allocation etc. Using IoT solutions can not only help with decision making but also real-time asset tracking, determining risks and threats, and identifying work productivity patterns

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