Technology has always been a defining factor when it comes to how we complete jobs. Regardless of the industry, you’re in, emerging technological advances mean we are able to do our jobs quicker and more efficiently. Over the past decade, we have seen many things in the construction industry that has developed and evolved in line with technology. And we expect this to continue with smart technology in place to improve communication and make it easier for client/business interactions. But what’s next and how might technology impact construction equipment from here on out? This blog will look at trends and predictions.
Cars that don’t require a driver have moved from science fiction novels into our modern-day reality. Many of us own vehicles that can park themselves or engage the brakes, should they detect an obstacle in the path. Autonomous technology isn’t something expected to stay in the automobile industry – it’s very much drip-feeding itself into construction equipment as we speak. Think large-scale plant machinery that requires nobody in the cabin at all. Technology that allows large and dangerous jobs to be approached without risking the safety of employees.
To date, attempts to automate tasks in the construction industry include robots that can paint and lay bricks. However, as technology continues to advance, we expect to see self-driving excavators and more.
Technology designed to make machines smarter and better at communicating, we’ve all likely experienced the convenience of our smartphones. Within the construction industry, this form of communication will be used to improve decisions and create a site that works more efficiently. Think plant machinery that can make its own decision as to whether to change course or operational functions in order to save on fuel consumption. The goal here will be to lighten the load on operators and site managers while reducing the risk for human error. In turn, this will reduce expenses and see productivity increase.
Electrical and hybrid vehicles have already become commonplace on our roads. And predictions suggest that the exact same thing could happen within the construction industry. Resulting in lower fuel costs, there are a number of road-blocks that prevent this technology from reaching a wider audience right now. Engineering needs to develop to create lighter equipment which allows these alternative forms of fuel to be used without causing damage to the site ground.
There’s no denying that advances in technology allow us to work smarter and more efficiently. And, as these continue to enter the market, the team at Jay Bee Plant Sales is excited to see where construction equipment may be in the next 10, 20 and 50 years time.