CitA Tech Live, organised by Construction IT Alliance (CitA), is a 2-day event with 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies in construction. Along with 8 keynote speakers, the event will have 4 live stages where attendees will be able to see the technology in action! Taking place in Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, this event will be a fantastic opportunity to network with industry professionals and discover the direction you should take to make your digital transition.
Smart Cities & IoT
Smart technologies that combine digital connectivity with intelligent processing are already starting to revolutionise the way societies across the world design, create, use and connect building and infrastructure information. The Internet of Things involves an ever-expanding network of digitally-connected objects, devices, vehicles and more. With the rise of smart cities, IoT will open the way to a future where a vast array of sensor data and analytics-driven intelligence will be available in real time. IoT presents major opportunities in construction, including remote real-time monitoring and control of equipment through embedded sensors, faster and smarter business intelligence for decision-making, real-time tracking of the location and safety of employees and contractors.
Augmented Reality (AR) involves overlaying information or visuals on the user’s view of the physical world. Delivered through connected devices, this “augmentation” of the real world has a wide range of potential uses on construction projects. Virtual Reality (VR) literally makes it possible to experience anything, anywhere, anytime. It is the most immersive type of reality technology and can convince the human brain that it is somewhere it is really not. Application for AR/VR in construction include VR Design Review, Construction Worker VR Training, Construction Safety Checks, Model Checking etc…
robotics & automation
Driverless, autonomous vehicles are set to disrupt the automobile industry as we know it. In the construction industry, autonomous vehicles have a unique role to play in facilitating a raft of efficiencies and safety procedures. This technology can work directly off the survey information and design plans produced by a project’s management team, using 3D design data held within the machine. In the future machines will be able to communicate with each other, with project and fleet managers, along with project design and survey teams, so that a complete 3D-picture of a project will be developed from initial site works through to final completion.
3D printing technology is now used by the majority of industrial manufacturers in developed markets, such as the US. Its application in construction is now increasing apace, with uses ranging from the construction of 3D-printed buildings in China and the Netherlands to the printing of replacement parts on-site. 3D printing could potentially save significant costs in bringing construction projects to market through shorter project times and fewer wasted resources, as well as boosting efficiency for labour-intensive trades like builders, electricians and plumbers.
Drones and Geo-Spatial Technologies
The ability to gather accurate data and images efficiently and economically has drastically improved how companies and individuals map their buildings and surroundings. For example, drones can gather data and images once only possible via satellites. Increased availability has led to more markets investing in mapping capabilities, as they recognize the benefits of accessing clear and accurate renderings. Other advancement in geospatial technologies include ground-penetrating radar, geographical information systems (GIS) machine learning, rapid scan to BIM etc.
Many agree that BIM brings greater efficiencies in the production of design and construction workflows. Whilst clash detection remains a crucial component in BIM increasing efficiency, further developments include software that enables a 3D scan of the data, whether it is from a single scan or multiple scans in process simultaneously, to be wirelessly transmitted directly to an onsite computer workstation in real time. This includes the high quality, high value functionality such as automatic object recognition, scan registration, and position.