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The 2019 Story: Technology Meets Construction

In the not-so-distant past, whenever you walked onto a construction site, you would be greeted by heavy machinery, diesel trucks doing the rounds, neon-vested and hard-hatted investors and engineers, and a constant buzzing of orders being shouted out and vehicles moving about.

The one thing that drove all those orders used to be massive maps and blueprints that littered any flat surface. However, when you go to construction sites today, those rolls of oversized maps and charts are no longer there.

They have been replaced by tablet computers and other mobile devices. The digital age has overtaken yet another sphere of the world, and for the most part, it’s finally been welcomed with open arms.

Hello, It’s The 21st Century

Worldwide, the construction industry is worth over $10 trillion. Whereas nearly all other industries have embraced paperless technology, the construction industry has finally joined the revolution.

The construction industry holds two records simultaneously as being the biggest industry in the world, yet at the same time, it is also the least efficient. If you think of company or project waste, anything from 5 -10% would be considered as acceptable.

However, in the construction industry, waste of up to a third of the project value isn’t uncommon. This is one of the major contributors to the minimal industry growth over the last two decades. Compared to the world economy which managed to grow at 2.8% a year, the construction industry has only managed 1%.

Playing Catch-Up

The construction industry has finally got into the game and is using technologies like mobile computing, artificial intelligence, and cloud-based data analytics.

The technology is so advanced that it will tell the builder whether to use A449 round head bolts or A307 round head bolts based on the specifics of a job. Supplier information can also be acquired on the fly and there are ready-links to manufacturers like www.bacoent.com.

The tech industry has truly made something worthwhile to bring to the table and boost profit margins. Major tech companies are flashing massive amounts of cash to get a piece of the action. Companies like Oracle acquired Aconex for $1.2 billion, just before spending about half that amount on Textura.

The question remains as to why it has taken so long for tech companies to get a footing in the construction world and who sparked the sudden growth.

And The Winner Is…

Autodesk is probably the one company who has pushed the envelope and put major efforts and investments into building information modeling (BIM). The term broadly refers to three-dimensional models that replace the traditional two-dimensional blueprint.

The problem with the traditional blueprints is that it showed the builders how a building was supposed to look, but could not tell them how it was to be constructed within the actual space. On-site plans and rebuilding was the norm and frequently led to wastage. Now with BIM technologies, builders can know how to build something before the obstacles arise.

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How Cloud Computing is Influencing the Construction Industry

Cloud computing is transforming many industries, including the construction industry. Companies are able to save on operating fees and costs by utilizing a cloud software provider. Adoption of cloud computing is proceeding at a pace and is likely to continue to grow in the future. It is changing the construction industry and bringing various benefits.

Collaboration Between Employees and the Office 

Construction companies usually have offices for business operations such as administration and billing but many activities happen on job sites. Cloud computing allows contractors to access emails, documents, plans and more from the site they’re working on and collaborate with staff back in the office.

Collaboration Between Teams Improves

When everyone can tap into the same network, syncing up and connecting different teams and job sites is possible. Project managers can easily gain insight into how teams are doing and keep everyone in the loop.

With all teams involved in a project being able to post updates in real-time, overall coordination improves. This can be about something as small as an extra flat washer order being needed on a certain site to a schedule setback due to flooding or other unforeseen circumstance.

Cross-Collaboration with Other Contractors Improves

Cross-collaboration between various contractors also improves with accurate and real-time sharing of documents and processes.

Online tools and applications are used to edit documents in the cloud so that everyone works on the latest version. As the size of files grows, access and performance do not change, which is important for those using mobile devices.

Access to Real-Time Metrics

With so many devices connected to a central network, a vast amount of data is available. Project managers can get detailed stats on work in progress, whether safety protocols are being followed and much more.

It’s possible to build up a detailed overview of a project and have a more realistic insight into how long it might take. Making more informed decisions is possible when a vast amount of data is available. This may be as simple a decision as what specialty metal washers and shims should be used on a particular project.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

Cloud computing is dependent on an internet connection or wireless signal. When the signal is poor, this can result in downtime. At worst, an environmental disaster, such as severe winds, could result in no internet connection at all. When on-site workers have no way of communicating with the office, they can’t receive important instructions.

Project managers aren’t able to deliver commands to teams, such as that the client has requested that metal flat washers be used on a job. Another risk factor is security–having a network open to the internet and many devices can be a security risk.

Conclusion

Communication delays between teams, design offices and project managers can quickly burn up profits. Fortunately, cloud computing is enabling collaboration to become easier to achieve. Everyone on the job site has access to up-to-the-minute documents and drawings and everyone in the office has immediate access to what … Read More

Best Features of  Managed WordPress hosting

Managed WordPress Hosting is definitely designed and optimized for WordPress websites. In other words, it takes care of all the technical facet of WordPress for you and allowing you to focus on creating and sharing the great content. When you have the managed WordPress ghosting then, you don’t have to worry about site updates, site speed, uptime, or anything like that.

Soo many hosting companies use their own CDN and server-level caching, so you don’t have to rely on cache plugins such as w3 total cache or wp super cache.  This type of hosting is very perfect for those who don’t have any technical skills or time to manage a server.

Here we have some features of WordPress hosting that are explained below:

AUTOMATICALLY MANAGED UPDATES: Managed WordPress hosting can take these a step further by automatically applying security fixes as soon as they come out — in the same way as they apply extensive WordPress version updates to sites. Where possible, some companies will even notify you in advance of such updates to assure you always have abundant time to prepare.

With the all managed WordPress hosts, using the latest version of WordPress is usually enforced. This not only makes your website more secure and flexible (by closing any known security holes as quickly as possible), it also makes the host’s network more secure as a whole — the benefits of which will flow down to you as a customer (more overall uptime, fewer attacks, etc).

 AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL BACKUPS: Because of the popularity of WordPress, specialized hosts can make the backup procedure faster, more efficient and reliable. What’s more, having the host make regular backups also make your site easier to restore and it will also easy to handle. Having your host make regular backups then,  that can easily be used is possible because the host is in the perfect position to understand the fixed structure of the WordPress. This also lends itself to their next feature.

BETTER WORDPRESS SUPPORT: Your mileage with support will vary from one company to the other company, but I think it’s safe to say an average managed WordPress host support will (or at least should) know automatically more about the WordPress than a regular non-specialist host’s support. Since WordPress is just one system, it’s very easier to solve any problems that arise in your system or any other problem.

AUTOMATIC WORDPRESS SETUP: This is a feature that allows you to get up and running with a new WordPress site in seconds. When you need a new site, a complete WordPress install (and the necessary database connection, etc) will be created automatically a new site including SEO features. You just need to do is fill out a short form with some admin and site details.

 STAGING ENVIRONMENTS: This is the best features for the developer or the site manager. A staging environment starts out as an ideal copy of your existing site, which is only useful to you personally (or it has an … Read More