New Tools for Engineering & Construction Project Management

By: | January 16th, 2017

Engineering Project Management

Engineering Project Management (Image by U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

As US President-elect Donald Trump gets ready to spend $1 trillion on US infrastructure improvement, the efficiency of each project will be an important determinant as to whether his program is successful or not.

Those involved in construction project management all over the world perform planning and control, engineering management, and construction for buildings and manufacturing projects. Each country has its own standards, and there are international standards as well. For example, in the UK there is the Association of Project Management (APM), the British Standards Institution (BSI), and the Project Management Institute (PMI) which provides services to nearly 3 million professionals in over 200 countries.

Attaining Satisfactory Project Performance

The goal of any Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector professional is to overcome difficulties and bring projects to completion with satisfactory performance in all areas. New integrated collaborative technologies and tools are helping AEC professionals and all stakeholders in a project to collaborate more effectively and to anticipate or “pre-identify” problems so that proactive action can nip problems in the bud.

Whether the project involves ocean engineering, underground excavations, civil engineering projects, ship construction, or welding, the use of advanced software helps improve risk management in engineering and construction. At the same time, new standards or regulatory requirements such as sustainable construction, where some engineers and builders may be using new techniques for the first time, are easier to achieve and implement through better communication.

Drones in Construction

Another technological boom in engineering and construction is the availability of new technologies such as drones and other sensor-equipped devices to provide more and better data to decision-makers so that better decisions are made. Public and private sector organizations working on projects in energy, construction, the environment, infrastructure, and real estate all benefit from these new technologies and software-based solutions.

The following video explains how Google Glass can be a handy tool in construction project management.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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