As technologies advance and become more available and cost-effective, new and improved solutions to streamline operations, improve safety and boost productivity emerge. One such emerging area in construction is 3D technology, which is solving safety and productivity challenges industry-wide.

What is 3D Technology?

Generally speaking, 3D technology is as any kind of technology that enhances a traditional 2D view or model to provide a more realistic view. This technology opens possibilities for every industry including medicine, entertainment, and more recently, construction. When it comes to construction, 3D software, 3D printing, and 3D scanning are helping to improve safety, productivity and profitability.

How How 3D Technology is Impacting Construction

  • 3D Scanning – If there is one 3D technology that most enhances construction safety, it is the ability to fully view, assess, and understand the project. Global contractors have found ways to utilize drones to scan entire job sites, using the footage and images to create a 3D image that can be manipulated, moved, and altered according to real and hypothetical scenarios. With 3D scanning, it is possible for contractors to make better, safer decisions across their projects.
  • 3D Printing – 3D printing can benefit the construction industry in several ways. For example, some contractors may require highly specialized or customized tools to finish a project safely. With CAD software and access to a 3D printer, companies can create specialized components. Some companies are even experimenting with 3D printed components or homes that are placed together at the site.
  • 3D Design Software – Both 3D technologies listed above – 3D scanning and 3D printing – rely on advanced software. With the right type of software, construction companies can use predictive analytics to better anticipate risks, issues and develop creative solutions. For example, once a drone scans a job site, the design team can use software to test hypothetical scenarios such as weather or traffic patterns and can alter designs accordingly. When it is possible to get a better idea of site operations, everything improves – efficiency, productivity, revenue, and even employee safety.

The construction industry is a living ecosystem that continues to evolve and change. 3D technology is just one example of the various tools that are transforming construction productivity, safety and overall capabilities, driving the industry into the future.