In construction, they say, time is precious, money is chief, and efficiency is paramount. Over the years, many companies have devised innovative strategies that have changed the way buildings are constructed. These strategies have now become the bedrock of staying ahead of the curve in construction.
By tuning in to cutting-edge technologies and novel methodologies, construction firms have enhanced project efficiencies and lowered completion timescales. In this write-up, we will explore some of these strategies that are reshaping the construction industry with some real-world examples that highlight their effectiveness.
1. Implementing Advanced Project Management Software
A PM software in 2024 streamlines communication, allocates resources better, and tracks project progress like no other. Cloud-based platforms also facilitate real-time collaboration among team members, even if they are scattered geographically, resulting in quicker decision-making and smarter problem-solving.
Procore is a popular construction PM software that many global firms have deployed and are using. The software allows for seamless communication and helps in document tracking and schedule tracking.
2. Using Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM has been a game-changer in construction, fostering collaboration and improving project visualization. In BIM, you would create a digital representation of a project, incorporating 3D models and details information about each component. This representation can then allow stakeholders to identify potential clashes and optimize design even before the construction begins, thereby reducing errors and reworks.
Did you know that the 632-meter Shanghai Tower utilized BIM extensively before being built? The skyscraper’s complex design required precise coordination of numerous elements. BIM enabled the project team to forecast challenges, tackle them before hand, and deliver the project with a shortened timeline.
3. Deploying Drones and Construction Robotics
The age of drones and robots is here in construction! Drones are revolutionizing project management by providing aerial surveys, monitoring construction sites, and assisting in the delivery of smaller materials to heights. Robotics, including autonomous machinery and robotic exoskeletons, also play a critical role in enhancing worker productivity and safety.
Skanska, a global construction company, has implemented drones to monitor and survey its construction sites. This has improved project oversight and allowed for more accurate and timely decision-making. Then, construction exoskeletons have been adopted by companies like Ekso Bionics to reduce worker fatigue and improve efficiency.
4. Adoption of Prefabrication and Modular Construction
Both prefabrication and modular construction involve assembling building components off-site and then transporting and installing them on-site. Not only does this approach reduce construction timelines by streamlining processes and minimizing on-site work, but it also ameliorates quality control, as components can be manufactured under controlled conditions.
The Marriott’s AC Hotel in Manhattan used prefabricated bathroom pods. This approach allowed for faster construction and the hotel reaching the finish line in just 13 months! The precision of prefabricated elements also contributed to a high-quality finish, showing the efficiency gains of this strategy.
As the worldwide construction market continues to grow and evolve, more companies must start embracing such strategies. But soon, they may not have a choice – technology is blitzing through time and they may have to adopt these strategies to even survive.
The goal of these strategies is simple though – do whatever it takes to reduce project timelines, improve project quality, and be cost-effective. So let us come together in the construction world and ring in a new era of efficiency and sustainability.