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Cutting-Edge Technologies for Gathering Project Data

As the construction industry continues to look for new and innovative technologies that can cut costs and ensure timely development for advanced projects, it becomes increasingly clear that the information we derive from data will be one of the most potent forces for advancing construction in the future. By increasing the number of things we know on the construction site, we can better prepare for the things we don’t always remain cognizant of—like unseen hazards and the specific work patterns of our employees. In this article, the Birmingham contractor attorneys at Cotney Construction Law will discuss some of these innovations and the effect they will have on contractors in the near future.

3D Laser Scanners

Laser scanners are already being utilized on many construction sites throughout the world, but there’s still a long way to go before widespread adaptation takes place. Whether your contracting business can afford premium hardware or a simpler model, 3D laser scanners are an effective tool for collecting data on workers to paint a picture of your project in full. Less expensive laser scanners tend to be easier to use than higher grade scanners, but you will miss out on some key functionalities. However, the inventors of this technology would argue that your hardware is only as good as the software you’re running along with it.

For example, superior systems can create “point clouds.” Point clouds are millions of data points that form a digital visualization of a project site. Within this simulation, contractors can test, measure, and experiment with various jobsite conditions to see how they could potentially affect development.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise referred to as drones, can be coupled with an array of software programs to create comprehensive visualizations of environments and project sites for surveyors and contractors. Whether you want to scout out an area beforehand or check in on the progress of a large project, drones provide all the tools necessary to gather the type of valuable insights that help projects reach peak efficiency. Like laser scanners, drones have certain limitations, namely they only excel in shooting from a single angle; however, researchers believe that they will be able to combine these technologies to achieve better results than either device on its own.

3D Cameras and AI Photo Tagging

3D photography is a relatively inexpensive way to provide 360-degree imaging of environments. When you combine this technology with artificial intelligence tools, you can quickly analyze photos and highlight safety hazards present on the project site. You can even use this technology to monitor your workers on the project site and ensure that they are wearing the correct personal protective equipment.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.