Construction is never going to be considered a high-tech industry; there’s just too much digging, hammering, sawing and generally stomping about in muddy boots involved for that to ever happen.
But there’s plenty of very clever and advanced technology employed in the industry - and not just in the architects’ studios and the engineers’ design offices. There’s some pretty neat stuff happening on site, too.
In this issue of the magazine, we speak to two very young, very ambitious Cambridge science postgraduates who have a vision of a construction industry in which the latest interactive data-processing technologies will make the whole construction process quicker, more accurate, more cost-effective and safer.
Their ideas are potentially revolutionary. But they are not science-fiction. Already, sensors linked to computers remotely via SMS and 3G are being used to monitor things like ground pressure in real-time. ‘Smart sites’ could be just around the corner.
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