The future of the construction industry looks quite promising as there are a lot of opportunities in commercial, residential, and infrastructure. The significant drives for the growth of this market are the demands brought by urbanization and growing population. In fact, here are some of the railway construction technology trends to look out for.
Augmented Reality Never Gets More Real
Both of these areas are slowly entering the scene, and are expected to grow further this year. For several years, these were just a part of sci-fi films and TV shows, but times have changed, they are more accessible now. In rail, we are going to see genuine, tangible progress as the industry giants develop “virtual manufacturing” technology that could shape the industry.
3D models would be created and virtually tested to see its performance. Through this, the development and installation process could be accelerated.
IoT Has Another Meaning
Aside from the “Internet of Things,” IoT has another meaning– the “Internet of Trains.” Those who are part of the rail are probably familiar with this concept and what to expect this year. The IoT technology makes it possible for freight services, metros, and passenger to utilize sensors as a way of gathering relevant information from different sources of data streams.
This doesn’t only improve the overall efficiency, but it also lessens the cost involved in data analyzation. It’s getting more cost-effective and more accessible to utilize. That’s why most experts believe that IoT is offering a world of opportunities in the construction industry, and other companies that use it.
The Use of Intelligent Apps
Most of us would find it impossible to function without the help of ‘apps.’ We all love it, and it makes our lives easier. Now, apps are developed in a way where they can even provide predictions and decisions based on the accumulated information. These apps can be connected to wearables, such as safety vests, smartwatches, safety hats, and the like.
They’re called “virtual personal assistants” and can even be used in the rail when booking tickets, and organizing travel to notify the customers if there are any delays in schedule. Thanks to Big Data, improving customer experience has never been more convenient.
With the recent technological innovation, cybercrime has also become more prevalent. Fortunately, experts made it a point to thoroughly secure essential data to ensure that the criminals won’t be able to get their hands on it.
Project Management Apps
Smartphones have been a great help when it comes to increasing productivity of construction projects as it minimizes the processes of communication. Even the rail can take advantage of this, especially when it comes to transmitting digital blueprints, assigning tasks, and real-time collaboration.
Not just that, there’s also 3D laser scanning capable of capturing the exact measurements of the railway digitally and provides point-cloud data. This can be integrated into a BIM software to get the precise size of the structure. By being able to understand the precise dimensions of a project, the human error won’t be an issue anymore.