IoT, or the “internet of things”, the newest buzzword in technology, gives industries smart devices to automate their workplaces and systems and provides a real-time view into how those systems operate, offering insights into everything from the performance of machines to supply chain and logistics operations. On a larger scale, IoT-supported smart cities can assist residents in lowering waste and energy usage. For instance, IoT in home automation can help control and monitor a building’s electrical and mechanical systems more sustainably and efficiently.
The term “thing” in IoT refers to any natural or artificial object that can be given an Internet Protocol (IP) address and has the ability to transfer data over a network, including farm animals with biochip transponders, people with implanted heart monitors, cars with built-in tire pressure monitors, and other examples. The Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem comprises digital smart devices that use embedded systems, such as processing units, sensors, and networking gear, to gather, transmit, and act on the data they get from their surroundings. Reminds you of Digital Twin right? Well, its applications are linked to BIM Services and Digital Twins.
In addition to being used to monitor active job sites, when IoT sensors are linked to the BIM model, the continuous flow of real-time data from them combined with historical data from other projects can be used to generate an ever-expanding real-time sensor dataset that can be combined with machine learning to produce a realistic simulation and perform predictive analytics. IoT-enabled devices also make it possible to track individual components, details, or products, get reports on various changes in materials or environmental conditions, and update BIM models in real time. This makes it easier for businesses to continue visualizing, modeling, evaluating, simulating, and planning their building project using the digital model, making the whole process smarter.
One of the most hyped development in visual technology is augmented reality, which is again another application of IoT in construction. At various stages of your project, augmented reality can be utilized for multiple purposes. Construction organizations frequently use augmented reality (AR) to plan and adapt projects, automate measurements, provide onsite project information, improve team cooperation, and carry out safety training.
Additionally, teams can use augmented reality (AR) technology to plan presentations, have discussions, and look over every aspect of a project. As a result, critical adjustments can be made before the beginning of the onsite project, making the construction process cost efficient. However, not just 3D BIM Modeling Services can benefit from the AR application, it is useful in the other construction phases as well. For example, augmented reality during the building process aids in measuring the height, width, and depth of physical elements. Project managers can also then identify the structure’s current inconsistencies and errors and make necessary changes to avoid problems in the future.
IoT doesn’t just contribute to the construction process and the construction sector on the technological front. It also plays a very important role in managing resources and has the ability to enhance sustainability. Intrigued to know how? Check out our next blog where we discuss the managerial applications of IoT in the construction sector.