What the Blockchain is Doing (and Will do) to the Construction Field

The talk around the possible impacts of Blockchain on the world of construction is has been getting a lot more intense these days. If used smartly, it's true that it could help the industry in several ways. Many steps still need to be carried out before it's possible to claim that the Blockchain is a crucial part of the construction process. Before we get more into how the Blockchain is affecting construction, here's some insight into how it works. 

How Does the Blockchain Work?

Blockchain technology goes back to 2008 from the results of the attempt to establish a digital currency. Bitcoin (the cryptocurrency) is usually the most commonly used example. The Blockchain's a modern means of storing and recording transactions. It's easily defined as a controlled peer-to-peer distributed transactional database. A digital record where disparate kinds of agreements (eg financial transactions, contracts) are entered into the ledger and verified as completed. 

The main distinction to conventional databases is how it does not require a central authority. There's no middleman like a bank used for transfers or a lawyer to verify a contract's agreements. There is no central database or organization that needs to maintain it. 

Each node of the Blockchain contains some kind of information. These nodes can be categorized as the following: 

• A contract 
• Evidence of a bank’s fiscal transaction 
• Authenticity statement 
• Ownership certificate 

What sets the Blockchain apart, in regards to data safety, is how each piece of data in the ledger is connected by a “chain” and offers digital signature at the same time. This provides for a quicker and safer data exchange system. 

How the Blockchain Could Help Construction

The Blockchain has been attracting more attention because of its incredible versatility. It could aid the construction industry by adding increased transparency to each kind of contract and transaction in the construction process. Some of the primary reasons the Blockchain could be an advantageous development for construction (under certain circumstances) and various other industries are the following. 

Smart Contracts

Construction is also called, “the land of disputes.” The large part of which is completely associated with payments. The Blockchain can serve as a reliable contract manager by introducing an error-free process based on how the agreements would be both monitored and built. A smart contract is simply a digital protocol created using the Blockchain network for implementing the contract's conditions.