Over the course of the years there have been a multitude of changes to every aspect of personal and professional lives due to technology, particularly since the development of computers. The reach of technology is seemingly endless in its scope and what it can accomplish, hindered only by the imaginations and determination of people.
The engineering and construction industry is no exception to this, with new ways to perform tasks, calculations, and simulations coming out all of the time. Almost every one of these changes are beneficial and have led to a wealth of new opportunities. Either making existing methods of practice faster and more cost effective, or opening up entirely new methods of approach.
That is why it’s important to stay informed and up-to-date with all of the latest technological developments, regardless of age, profession and location. So now we’d like to talk about a piece of new 3D printing technology that is being refined, and some of the benefits we see that it has the potential to offer.
3D printing technologies in themselves are not a particularly new idea. The ability to do so has been around for a few years now, but until recently the materials that you could print with were fairly limited and results have been widely varied in terms of their quality. However, for some time now there have been forays into designing and implementing new ways to print with a plethora of materials. Focusing not only on the type of materials used for the printing, but also the quality and consistency of the print.
One exciting example of this can be found in the impressive work done by a Dutch company by the name of MX3D, who have created the world’s first 3D printed steel bridge. Over the course of 6 months, with the help of 4 specially designed robots, and using approximately 1100km of steel wire; the company created an impressive otherworldly structure spanning a little over 12m in length, 6m wide and weighing 4,500kg. The excitement and wonder of the bridge they have constructed though, pales in comparison to the technology behind it.
Utilising and developing this and similar methods, could provide numerous benefits. Such as:
Although, in its current state there are a lot of obstacles to overcome, this bridge and other similar works are just a glimpse at some of what is to come. For more details on MX3D’s bridge, as well as some other projects they are working on, you can find it on their website.
As for us at BellMont, we’re looking forward to what the future holds and what opportunities are on our horizon.
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2018 has already proven a great year for the engineering industry, with projects in development left, right and centre. The engineering profession once thought to be struggling, is now thriving. This boom in construction projects has provided engineers with an endless amount of opportunity for work and with this increase in projects we have seen more room for improvement and innovation for the industry as a whole. Through this project influx, we have noticed a few trends emerging.
It’s no secret that our society has become obsessed with health, cleanliness and operating in an ethical way. This has left many within the industry not only opting to go green with their food choices, but with their buildings. Now more than ever, engineers and builders alike are finding ways to be resourceful and environmentally conscious, resulting in sustainable buildings and a healthier planet.
It appears civil engineers are jumping on the bandwagon when it comes to integrating technology into their practices. Over the years, technology has proven its worth to many other reputable industries and it seems engineers are finally dipping their toe into the innovative pool that is technology, through the use of drones, 3D printing and modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality and the development of “smart buildings”.
We have explored this topic before and it is no shock that we are currently experiencing a construction boom in New South Wales, which is a great thing for engineers. A few years back it was believed that the construction and engineering industries were experiencing a bit of a dry spell, but it seems that is well and truly no longer the case with new construction ventures popping up left and right, making now a better time than ever to invest and operate within this industry.
Whenever I hear the word drone I immediately think “toy”. But the fact is, these days drones are considered an innovative tool by a number of industries, making day to day operations swifter and more effective than ever before. So what have drones achieved for operations within the construction industry so far ?
Bird’s eye view perks:
The process of surveying land can sometimes be a strenuous one that drains both time and energy. That is however, before the incorporation of drones into construction operations. Through the use of drones, engineers and builders alike are given a “birds eye view” of the site that they never had such access to before, resulting in not only an easier process, but a more accurate one that eliminates human error.
Constant Communication is key:
We already have phones, headsets and walkie-talkies to allow constant communication while on site, but what if we had devices that could offer round the clock 360 visuals of the site that allow us to be offsite but still make the same commentary as if we were there? Well you are in luck! Because that’s exactly what drones have achieved for the construction industry. Drones give builders and engineers alike the opportunity to surveillance the site at all times, while also supervising employees even if they can’t be on site.
Inspections made easier:
It’s not always easy for an engineer or builder to access all areas onsite, this is where drones come in. This technology allows industry professionals to undertake usually difficult inspections without having to leave their comfort zone, saving not only time and energy, but eliminating risk onsite.
I promise I won’t drone on any longer, what are your thoughts on this integration of technology on construction sites?
The term digitalisation refers to the improving or transformation of a business’s operations through the use of technology and data, tools which can be used to benefit the business’s knowledge of the market and boost productivity.
In the last few years many sectors within the business world have undergone digital transformations in order to stay competitive and relevant. While the construction sector is said to be behind other sectors such as the music and communications industries, in terms of digitalisation, there is evidence to suggest the industry is beginning to explore the technological advancements available.
More than ever before, technology is playing a huge role in the success of a business, offering more effective ways to complete tasks and in turn changing the way business can be done. In recent years, the construction industry has been experimenting with technology and how it can be used to work more efficiently and effectively, through the use of technologies such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Testing of these technologies within the construction sector has shown that they can be used for training purposes and as the perfect visual aid for project pitches.
While the digital transformation of the construction sector is inevitable, we are excited to see what the construction industry will look like with the integration of more technological components.