Technology is radically altering civil engineering as we know it. The greatest changes are in areas like public works and construction since they are under such pressure to do more with less. Anything that allows them to use resources more efficiently or avoid mistakes is quickly adopted. Here are six ways technology is transforming civil engineering as we know it. We’ll also explain why these technologies are having such an impact.
The Internet of Things refers to the increasing intelligence of devices that report data back to central controllers. This may be your smart thermostat tracking how much energy you use and adjusting your home’s thermal profile to get your electric bill as low as possible. It includes power, water, and gas meters reporting flow to the utility to have real-time information. Then they can make decisions based on real-time demand and identify problems as quickly as possible. For example, one project helps plumbers record leaks in real-time while determining their location to be fixed. This helps utilities minimize water waste, which eliminates the need to come up with new water supplies.
Several key technologies radically transform civil engineering as we know it because they dramatically lower costs, speed up work, or reduce the error rate. They can improve public safety and speed up response times to disasters as well.