Innovation

We develop and apply world-class technology. We listen, learn, and seek out the best ideas and management practices. We attack complacency and continually improve.

Some of the more immediate technologies on our innovation horizon promise to transform the construction industry. These include new smart, super-strong and sustainable materials, new energy technologies, GPS advances, BIM advances, virtual and augmented reality, robotics, 3D printing, wireless, ultra-mobile, wearable computers and new touchscreen APPs.

In the area of early drone adaption, we are helping to rapidly capture sites and give clarity to the construction process. Deployment of drones on sites can give immediate insight that can help in decisions relating to the site and safety. For example, understanding where materials have been placed and will be removed can assist in site safety decisions for the day or week. Having a snapshot of the site from high resolution video or a site image can also serve as a record of works completed, while the creation of 3D data from the imagery captured from the drone can help compare the current stage against the proposed timeline.

Anderson Burton is carrying out plans to help our customers achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and new skills, materials, designs and technologies needed to address these challenges in the future. Vast quantities of carbon emissions are generated by the construction production process, by the resources and materials used during projects and in the electricity and transport required to enable buildings to function. Our effort helps in carbon footprint reduction imbedded in project supply chains. We are meeting large companies as their suppliers to reduce carbon footprints and emissions and have used ISO 14001 standardization of approach.

There has been a lot of interest in augmented reality and wearable technology. Most of this focus has been centered on media, entertainment and gaming technology. However there is a deliberate move by our company to use wearable technology and augmented reality in design and project delivery.

As with almost any industry or profession that deals with the built environment, architecture stands to benefit immensely from advances in augmented reality (AR) technologies.

AR technology involves enhancing or “augmenting” a user’s interactions with the physical world by overlaying digital information on top of what he or she perceives via an audio-visual interface.

The interfaces can assume an extremely broad range of forms, invariably those that are portable or even wearable for reasons of convenience.

These include handheld devices such as tablet computers or smart phones, as well as more specialized, wearable interfaces designed specifically to suit the purposes of augmented reality, such as head-mounted displays and smart glasses to be used on our projects and services.

As you can see from these examples, it is clear that technology will be one of the key drivers of improved efficiencies in the construction industry. While there is currently a heavy reliance on technology in the design process, there is plenty of room for technology to improve the delivery of both large and small scale construction projects. Anderson Burton works to integrate efficient delivery, execution and management of projects with technologies to keep focus on innovative value for all.