Technological advances in the building and construction sector
There was a time when we didn’t trust technology to perform simple tasks, but today we rely heavily on technology to help us in our lives.
Until around the 1960s, the construction industry incorporated computer-aided design, and so emerging technologies presented new ways of accomplishing tasks. Advances in new technologies have always pushed construction forward, but the industry has been slower than others to adopt.
Master Builders Association of Western Australia (MBA WA) works hard to support its members with new and exciting technologies to help them succeed in their business. We partner with like-minded organizations to develop and launch innovative products and services, which will bring long-term benefits to our members and the industry.
Recently, MBA WA partnered with Australian predictive analytics company PointData to provide real estate development data analytics and related products to its over 1500 members.
The new partnership has helped provide WA developers and builders with fast and highly accurate property and land value data, which attracts an exclusive discount for WA MBA members.
While the partnership formed by MBA WA and PointData is a step in the right direction, there are still steps for the industry to take when it comes to technology growth. MBA WA is also set to launch a new member-only contract management platform, with a range of amazing features that will make life easier for our members and their clients.
With a focus on the global pandemic, industries are encouraged to look to the future, and the future means technological growth. Our industry is beginning to feel the impact of the new technological era. Major emerging technologies have entered the industry in recent years, including three-dimensional printing, artificial intelligence, augmented (mixed) reality, building information modeling, drones, mobile technology, robotics and virtual prototyping.
Drones are being used to perform visual inspections of buildings, which is a task normally done by human inspectors, and artificial intelligence is being used to solve problems at sites that only a human used to do.
Technology is the way to the future; making construction sites safer, workers more efficient, increasing productivity, improving collaboration, tackling more complex projects, and making life easier for consumers.
This is why MBA WA is investing in the future to build a better industry. To find out what we have in store for you in technology growth and enjoy the benefits of these exclusive new products and services, become a member today.
Speak to our membership team on 9476 9800 or email [email protected]
Q&A with Jason Robertson, Director of MBA Housing and Construction
With good weather still to come, I’m thinking of doing some landscaping, including building a nice planter and patio. However, my neighbor told me to be careful of the drain holes in my house. This was new to me, any advice?
This is a frequently asked question, and for good reason.
Many homes have drain holes. First of all, it is very important to know what weep holes are and what they do.
Drain holes are the spaces you see on the exterior wall between the bricks of your home. Typically, weep holes are installed just above the slab height of the house.
They provide ventilation in the wall cavity, which helps alleviate moisture and mold buildup and allows water and condensation to drain from the wall cavity.
The golden rule? Never cover or block drain holes – they should always be visible and clear.
Water and moisture can accumulate inside the cavity – it’s natural. In the event of heavy rain and the like, the importance of the drain holes is to safely allow water and moisture to be removed from the cavity. This protects the interior of your home.
Anything that blocks or fills the drain hole prevents it from doing its job. These can include wooden decks, planters, mulch and other landscaping elements.
No matter the landscaping ideas and plans, always look for drain holes and make sure they are visible, clear and unobstructed.
CONTACT WA Master Builders, 9476 9800, www.mbawa.com