In our previous article, we explored some exciting developments in the construction industry that is changing the face of the industry. In continuation, we are going to deep dive into some more innovations that will uplift the industry. Here are some of them:
- Kinetic Footfall
Kinetic Footfall is a technology that enables flooring to harness the energy of footsteps and generate electricity by using electro-magnetic induction process and flywheel energy storage. Kinetic energy is a technology that has been in development for a while. The technology is best suited at places where there is a large flow of people pass over it. Such technology can be seen at Rio de Janeiro in the form of a football pitch that generates power for the floodlights around the pitch.
- Kinetic Roads
Italian start-up Underground Power in co-operation with the Polytechnic University of Milan is trying to harness the potential of kinetic energy in roadways. They have developed a technology called Lybra that converts the kinetic energy into electrical energy produced by vehicle movements with the help of a tyre-like rubber paving. It operates on the principle that a braking car disperses kinetic energy and the technology uses it to convert into electricity which is transmitted on to the electricity grid.
- Asset Mapping
Asset mapping emphasises on operational equipment like heating and air conditioning, security systems, lighting, data collection from serial numbers, firmware and engineering data as to determine when and who has installed it and then combining the data in one place. The system will help engineers to locate where the equipment needs to be installed. Then they are connected on to real-time system using the internet of things, closely monitored via web, app and other remote devices and system. It helps to keep track of asset performance, which can be utilized for efficient building maintenance and substantial reduction of building procurement and insurance costs.
- Predictive Software
The structural strength of a building is as good as its individual parts, a lot depends on the fact how well the parts were fitted together, choice of materials and site, which contributes to the building’s performance under normal or extreme conditions. Predictive software such as ANSYS can help engineers to build buildings complying with all safety precautions and government regulations. The Wembley Stadium in London is a great an example which uses the ANSYS software, undertaken by Bennett Associates, to monitor the structural integrity of the arch rotation brackets by stimulating the stresses on the brackets that hold and move the unique arches above the stadium.
- Cloud Collaboration
Cloud based solutions like Basestone helps to share data on a remote construction site in real-time. It is highly beneficial to engineers and architects and helps them to review site progress based on digital drawings for better collaboration. The cloud-based collaboration tool focuses on the installation of everything starting from steel beams to light fittings and also helps to figure any fault that was unnoticed during construction, on to pdf that users can make notes to rectify it. Estimates suggest that it can save up to 60% cost as compared to traditional paper-based review methods.
The construction methods have certainly come a long way over the years and these developments will certainly take it further. The only big question is how to implement them at a global level? Let us hope that through collective efforts the same can be achieved with ease. Be sure to check out our previous article where have discussed few other innovations in the construction business.
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