6 emerging technologies that will change your construction site

Monica Gameng   |   February 8, 2016

We’ve seen a tonne of construction technologies enter the market in the past year. It’s hard to keep track of the latest being heralded as the next ‘must have’ tool to further your construction company. So, to help you out, we’ve created this list of ​​6 of the most promising technologies in construction in 2015 that are here to stay in 2016. 

  1. The DAQRI Smart Helmet

This is the hard hat of the future. The DAQRI Smart Helmet is a wearable technology designed for industrial applications. The helmet features a drop-down glass display under the visor and it connects to DAQRI’s Intellitrack – a patented interactive display that can recognise images and situations by using a camera and sensor found at the back of the helmet.

Curious how the helmet works? Check out the demo video below.

  1. Ekso Bionics’ exoskeleton for construction workers

Ekso Bionics first developed exoskeletons for handicapped and paraplegic (motor and sensory impaired) individuals. Like other tech and engineering companies, Ekso saw an opportunity in the construction industry. They have developed a 16-pound exoskeleton which construction workers can wear. The exoskeleton functions by using counterbalances which distributes weight and allows the wearer to hold on to heavy loads with just little to no effort.

Watch Wired Magazine’d Adam Rogers test the exoskeleton below

  1. Bio Concrete: the self-healing concrete

Dutch scientist, Henk Jonkers discovered that by adding a bacteria named Bacillus to concrete, the concrete will have the ability to re-grow and self-heal when it comes in contact with moisture. Due to concrete’s rigid structure, it is prone to cracking. When concrete is damaged, it can cause structural issues such as moisture and air infiltration as well as other aesthetic issues.

Check out the video below to understand more about how Bio Concrete works

  1. Topmix Permeable stronger concrete

Flooding and water runoff are often the enemy to construction sites across Australia. The company Topmix has developed a stronger permeable concrete which allows water to pass through the concrete and get absorbed by the surrounding soil.

Watch the thirsty concrete consume 1,000 gallons of water below

  1. Fatigue monitoring system by CAT

Fatigue is a major issue in the construction industry. Workers who are tired are more likely to get into on-site accidents. CAT has recently developed a tool which monitors an equipment operator’s facial movements to determine if they are at risk of falling asleep on the job.

Watch how this system works on the video below

 

6. PlantMiner

Sourcing plant and equipment can be a lengthy process. PlantMiner’s technology streamlines the procurement process by finding the right equipment you need based on your location and item specifics. Accessibility is the key to our mobile technology. PlantMiner will help you procure rates for major projects, tenders, spot hire, and even replacement equipment during construction with just a few clicks.

Perich Constructions can testify for this after they had a crane break down on-site. The PlantMiner team were able to source him a replacement crane from a local supplier within a matter of minutes, and arriving on-site within the hour.

There's a variety of reasons why it’s important to stay on top of the emerging trends in your field. Most importantly, automation and process streamlining - making the creation of infrastructure take less time. But we know it’s time consuming to do this on top of your existing tasks, so we’ve turned Felix Project News into the one-stop-shop for all of your industry news, product information and more. And the best news - it can be sent directly to your inbox. Just subscribe here.
Monica Gameng
As Felix's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1,000 posts. She truly is an industry expert.
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