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IoT in Construction industry : Applications and Benefits

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  • May 05, 2021
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Construction is a real-time thing that not just serves as a base for urbanization but also for employment and generation of new complexes and buildings. The significance of building new and innovative buildings has been something readily understood and accepted by everyone.

The term IoT in Construction has been recently developed so as the application, this simply speaks of the use of technological equipment or Internet of Things and modern-day internet software in the process of construction to be able to maximize the efficacy of the project.

What is IoT?


IoT or Internet of Things refers to the abundance of physical things present around us which are combined with technological softwares and devices like sensors, trackers, storage, etc connected with other devices to be able to exchange, generate and operate data hence received and provided.

This is widely applied and is used in a lot of sectors pertaining to their specific usage and requirement. We will here understand how IoT is being used in construction.


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IoT and Construction

The sole purpose of using IoT in the Construction industry can  be seen as the using of technological based devices and equipment to ensure optimal usage of the resources available with proper technological planning and with regulated expenses at the cost of minimal and low risks. 

As the construction industry is directly evolving and growing with the growth of population to be able to cater their needs, they are adopting new tactics, techniques and technologies to be able to function better and as well as combat the prevailing construction business challenges and concerns. 


IoT provides for a site where the equipment, materials, and personnel are synced to a central server that regulates and monitors their activity in real time ensuring the adherence to the current plab and safety. There are a lot of devices used for various purposes designed and controlled nowadays in the construction business.


Applications of IoT in Construction


1. Sensors 


There are various kinds of sensors that can activate in a pre-decided condition and can be used to boost management efficiency in a certain situation by setting alarms and generating alarms.  They can be used to find out various kinds of alarming situations with a call for action and. The devices attached and monitored with the IoT softwares and techniques can monitor calculations of humidity, temperature, and pressure to alert management about any potential happening that could cause damage and that needs immediate attention.

2. Wearables 


These are the devices that need to be worn by the people working on a construction site, especially the laborers. This can be used to alarm the worker if he is too close to a dangerous zone. Also, this is used to track the location in the case of a disaster or injury that happens with a worker. 


Such wearables are equipped with required devices that are connected to the main server to which is the storehouse of information and is more or less a control room form where there can also be real-time instruction given to the workers.

Smartcap is one such company which is manufacturing wearable devices for workers. 


3. Maintenance Systems 


There are such applications that can help keep a track of new and immediate expenses on and off a construction site related to that of the business. They offer accurate and precise data which can be recorded and kept a track of.


Bimba is one such tool that can turn out to be beneficial in keeping a track of real-time machine downtime and data on the construction site.


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4. Real-Time Site Map 


This tool can help locate not only the laborers working on the site as to keep them away from the danger zone. This can create a real-time map of the construction site so as to be able to be aware of who’s where and what work is being done wherein the case on a really required scenario some danger zone and managers the only zone can also be marked on the map and others can be deterred from entering such spaces if that’s unnecessary. IoT Devices can collect all such data on the site and can use it efficiently to the benefit of the projects. 


Benefits of IoT in Construction


Image Showing Importance of IOT in Construction  1. Safety Concerns  2. Resources Management and Budgeting  3. Waste Management  4. Daily Remote Management

IoT benefits in Construction

1. Safety Concerns 


One of the most primitive and raw issues on a construction site is the safety of the people working there from various disasters. Even though there are various safety protocols and disciplined behavior patterns pre-existing which have proven to fail on several occasions. 


IoT alignment can help reduce the safety risk, for example, if a worker wears any real-time location tracking device and the heavy machines, equipped with such real-time movement detector chips,  are being used on the same construction their movement together can be traced from a central control room very easily this will not just ensure efficacy but this can be used to predetermine and safeguard them from any risky happening. 


Just as that in the case of any on-site emergencies alerts can be sent to the workers using the same devices so that they can be able to safeguard themselves and be ready to take real-time actions. 


Apart from this such devices can also help in the real-time health or physical distress of the on-site workers and other people to be able to maintain a carefree and optimum productive environment. 


2. Resources Management and Budgeting 


Adherence to the budget is the most real problem of any construction company. Often the available resources can not be managed in accordance with their real value, workers sit idle and the correct value of the usage of the extra rented equipment is not able to be evaluated properly. 


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IoT can help the real-time business owners to be able to track and generate a clear plan of complex budgeting in a go using the most used and helpful techniques to be able to reduce project costs by ensuring timely delivery of new equipment and other resources and not just this, it can also help in making plans with keeping in check the available resources and make their maximum benefit come on the surface without wasting any. 


3. Waste Management 


The construction waste issue is of the same attention as the construction is. This not just calls for an environmental effect and degradation but it also calls for a dumping issue that needs to be resolved on-site of the waste and the debris. 


The used IoT can help them create a sustainable plan for using the recycled products, adopting zero waste terminology and this can also help the laborers being educated on the sustainable concept of the construction. This creation of a feasible disposable plan needs to be implemented to be able to stop wastage and understand the significance of it. 


For example, the debris of any building while it's being broken down can be stored on the construction site only if possible, and hence the same can be used to fill the floor dump before the accrual flooring to level it up, this is needed in a lot of irregular surfaces and often new bricks are broken to level the floor. Adapting this technique of storage in a place where it does not get too dusty can help in a lot of waste and debris management on site. 


4. Daily Remote Management 


This can also provide for the remote management of the workers on a daily basis and have the evaluation of the site as same and as clear as the worker is having in real-time to the person seeing it. The project leader or owner can also track the real-time movement and can have a clear picture of the situation of the project and its everyday work analysis from wherever they wish (if it is internet-based). 


Also, equipment like drones can be used to get a safety analysis of the situation on-site and sometimes even before the war begins. Such remote devices can help in the scenarios where the construction progresses in areas that aren’t accessible for humans, are polluted, or dangerous to be in so that after post machine analysis such work conditions can be made human and labor force conducive.

Hence, these were the several ways in which the impact of IoT is required and is visible in the construction sector. 



The construction industry is adopting these new techniques of technology and connectivity but also this is not an ignored fact that this remains a relatively slower adaptation here. A lot of builders and contractors are ignorant about investing in such devices as they fail to recognize their significance. Yet these tools if used properly and with cautions can play a crucial role in creating a space where everything is coordinated to a central room and everything is being taken down in the form of a record. 


The future of IoT in construction seems bright as there are some companies like Trimble, Pillar Technologies, ES Track, etc are manufacturing products and launching them in the market and make the construction business owners give a shot to them and can notice the significant benefit of the technology on their own.

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