Keeping pace with technology is hectic. It’s forever evolving, but electrical contractors are running with it. Despite 2020 being the year of COVID, 2021 looks set for a gradual increase in business activity. And if anything, electrical contractors look set to be gainfully employed to the full.
But there has not been total inactivity in the electrical industry this year. Downtown or not, contractors have been keeping themselves busy figuring out smart ways to be ingenious when industry bounces back.
Let’s have a look at 5 of the new tech trends coming your way as an electrical contractor.

Tech trends new to the electrical industry

1. Drones

Drones have been put through their paces at some sites and come up tops. Here’s what they do – they survey sites, 360-degree-wise. They give the contractors a great view of what needs doing when they begin installing units.
The cameras and sensors on drones are convenient as they can zoom in to extreme close-ups, checking out all the cabling and wiring. They get shots from every angle, so nothing is missed or left to chance.
So, if crews are working on-site, they can report on progress and problems via this technology. Smart grids can also enhance electricity usage and control.

2. 5G

Giving contractors a huge boost where fast, wireless technology is needed. Speed and space are of the essence here, so 5G has become a natural fit. Big data loads can be transmitted via the drones – very handy with inspection of power cables. 5G can be used to stream complex information from sensors on electrical equipment.

3. Personal protective equipment (PPE)

This being the main focus of the news in 2020, with hospitals treating COVID patients needing it the most. However, the need for different protection has become widespread. It has been adapted for maximum use in the industry.
With electrical contractors, some smartwatches warn of high voltage electricity. There are also boots equipped with lighting, GPS, and give warnings of hazards.
Smart helmets with sensors and other gadgetry can give workers an enhanced view of their surroundings. They will identify electrical wiring and ductwork that is in walls.


4. Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Offers a super-intelligent 3D model of a building under construction. It is a digital depiction of a structure that provides a more effective planning method for designing and maintaining it. It offers sophisticated tools for electrical trade design and estimation. In essence, it increases communication and collaboration between all parties involved in a construction site.

5. Prefabrication

Enhances the productivity and safety of workers while reducing the time for installation. Items such as wire bundling and electrical units are shipped intact from the prefabrication companies.

Under-insured teams can ruin revolution

The electrical contracting industry is, indeed, set to become a vibrant, brave new world. Don’t forget to insure your teams fully. Even with all the most recent technical advances at their disposal, you still need General Liability and Workers Compensation insurance.
It is an exciting new world, for sure. However, under-insured teams could spell disaster for you. Don’t let that spoil your tech revolution.
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