Nowadays, workers from almost every industry sector, need to constantly gain new skills throughout their working lives in order to remain valued and competitive.
Whilst some of job roles will continue with established techniques and approaches, new technologies are constantly being developed which will change the framework of skills within the built environment. These new technologies bring the opportunity for workers to develop and enhance their skills.
Here are some key technology drivers which have accumulated in the adjustments of skills.
3D laser scanning – 3D laser scanning digitally captures the exact measurements of a building to provide point-cloud data. This data is then embedded into BIM software to establish the precise size and shape of a structure.
Project management apps – although the industry was slow to optimise smartphone apps, a multitude of bespoke construction apps are now available. Improving communication through real time collaboration apps, as well as task and resource planners to improve project management.
3D, 4D and 5D BIM – for years construction companies have relied on detailed 2D drawings for the design and build of property. However, the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has transformed this process. 3D BIM offers extensive 3D modelling combined with the use of intelligent data. Data is embedded into the model and managed, which allows workers to run multiple scenarios, change processes and input functions to view the implications of these on the project. In addition there is also 4D and 5D BIM, depending on the types of data incorporated. 4D BIM embeds time-related information into the model, while 5D BIM incorporates schedule and costs.
Automated technology – the adaptation of automated technology is removing repetitive, routine tasks away from manual labour. Prefabrication has opened the way for automated technology, as mechanical machinery, including robotics, cannot always be contained onsite. Brickwork and demolition has seen the introduction of robotic automation, as this type of technology increases worker safety and efficiency.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – also known as drones can be used in construction to help create a 3D model of a construction site. Drones can be flown above a project, to provide a scanned bird’s eye view of its location to help to identify the site’s dangers. Alternatively, Drones can be used to sit static and live stream from hard to reach locations.
Career development means attending training opportunities, keeping up-to-date with technology and the latest industry trends, continuing professional development has never been more important because it means an employee is securing their future and place within a company. Employees today are expected to be more flexible to new approaches, regardless of age, and this consequently makes them more valuable to their employer, as they can make a good contribution, which consequently builds confidence all round.