Newer developments like 3-D laser and sensor technologies areenabling contractors to build in a smarter and safer way. Insurers should understand where the constructionindustry is headed in terms of technology use and how emergingdevices can help improve both physical construction sites andworker safety.

Imagine being in the middle of a large-scale office tower build,with the framing, exterior walls and roof all finished, when younotice the structure's support beam measurements appear to bewrong. Instead of going back to the architect and engineersinvolved in the project to confirm measurements by hand, andpotentially stalling the build of the project, you use a 3-D laserscanner that in a matter of moments confirms the designmeasurements are on point and you won't have to delay thebuild.

This is just one scenario that captures the challengescontractors face today and how the construction site of the future,which will focus on harnessing data and technology together, canultimately help contractors build in a smarter and safer way.

Building smarter

For construction companies working off an architect andengineering professional's plans, measurements could be incorrect.When transforming a warehouse into a restaurant, for example,accuracy is highly important. Moving gas and water lines andelectrical, and designing a kitchen out of an open space by handleaves potential opportunity for error, which could also cost thecontractor time and money. If a measurement is off by even 10inches, this apparently small mistake could potentially lead togreat costs in rebuilding. In fact, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), thedirect costs from rework can often account for 5% of the totalconstruction costs, which is not always insurable.

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