Bridging technology gaps in construction with IoT
When we hear the word "construction," we might typically imagine hammers and nails and the like, rather than microchips and circuit boards. However, similar to architecture, the construction industry relies heavily on mathematics, science and environmental awareness to ensure that buildings, bridges and other structures are built properly and securely.
According to Data Science Central, devices that are connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) can help gather vital information that helps managers, site supervisors and even the builders themselves make smarter decisions to maintain a project's physical integrity and safety. Here are a few ways in which IoT can be utilized in the construction industry:
Naturally, site workers' physical well-being is important. Per the National Safety Council, construction is one of the most dangerous industries. It has the highest workplace fatality rates in the country, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As IoT for All explains, wearable technology that can be attached to boots, safety helmets and other clothing or apparatus can monitor external factors like humidity, temperature and moisture, alerting employees of potentially dangerous conditions. Or, they can measure heart rate, body temperature and even blood pressure to notify staff members when they might become overheated or overexerted.
Somewhat similarly, devices can be affixed to physical equipment to evaluate immediate environmental surroundings, such as proximity to a drop in elevation level or on-site employees that might require extra attention from the operator. Such tools can also track machinery's temperature to prevent overheating that can pose a threat to workers in the vicinity.
Also in the same vein, IoT devices can keep an eye on potential hazards like toxic fume or gas levels, which can be used to evacuate workers or pause activities if the readings are too high.
In much the same way that sensors can be used to monitor conditions, they can also be deployed to track employees' and equipment's locations. Real-time data about personnel and hardware or vehicle whereabouts helps managers find the resources they need quickly which, in turn, reduces delays and cuts down overall turnaround times. This information might also be applied when determining where there are workflow obstacles to inform project strategies.
Additionally, sensors placed in building materials like bricks or concrete can notify staff about whether the substance is performing properly or if it needs to be replaced or relaid. This can help employees focus on tasks and areas that require the most care and time, thereby streamlining the overall work process.
IoT devices that collect and transmit information about asset conditions and positions can also be drawn on when teams are devising upkeep schedules. Knowing what equipment needs to be urgently attended to can minimize unnecessary downtime due to breakdowns. Furthermore, regular servicing can keep resources in good condition so that they don't need to be replaced, which can cut down on overhead expenses, too.
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