Technology on Parade

If there was a general theme for this, the August/September issue of Concrete Contractor, I would say technology in construction is front and center. Over the last few years, we have seen an emergence of technological products that help contractors perform their jobs more efficiently while also saving money. 

In fact, I was impressed with the technological solutions I saw on display nine months ago at the World of Concrete.

On page 16, Joe Nasvik writes about Trimble Connect for HoloLens as well as an attachment to a hardhat for use on a construction site. A camera is included with the hardhat which maps the environment around you, allowing a contractor to see virtual holographic construction objects overlaid onto the location they will be installed on a project.

Our Cover Story features a team of 140 contractors called upon to place 256,000+ square feet of concrete. As you’ll learn, the project was built “virtually” before contractors arrived on site. The principal contractor, Barton Malow, created a 4D model that combined what the project would look like down to the minute. Turn to page 22 to read more.

Finally, when the Atlanta Hawks announced a $192.5 million re-imagination of the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, SSD Demolition and Environmental knew using remote-controlled demolition machines would improve productivity over handheld tools, as well as keep workers safe from flying concrete and fall risks. This phase of the project required the demolition of almost 3,000 tons of concrete which needed to be completed in 12 weeks. The contractors plan to use innovative machines was what won the them the job.

While these three features highlight the use of new technology, this is only the beginning. Looking ahead, there is sure to be many more ways in which technology will be implemented on the job site. Technology is already seeping into other areas including the front office, equipment enhancements and personal protective equipment.

If you’re one of the contractors who has embraced technology and has discovered the benefits it brings to the job, congratulations. Keep on going, you’re sure to continue to reap the benefits and evolve as the industry evolves. 

If you’re tentative or not too sure, this is for you, I urge you to “dip your toes in the water” and learn what it can do for you. Technology is not going away and manufacturers and contractors are learning that new technology is making construction safer and more efficient, which will also lead to more revenue for you.