The construction industry is in a phase where it’s rapidly changing– thanks to the recent advancements in technology. It has opened doors to technology evolution that would dramatically improve the overall productivity, efficiency, safety, and reduce costly mistakes.
Here are the 6 types of construction tech that you’ll see in the future.
1. Prefab Construction
For those who are not familiar with what prefabricated construction is, it’s basically a process based on modern manufacturing best practices. That means it involves fabricating most of the structure which takes place in an offsite factory, and these pieces are shipped out on site to be assembled. This process applies to both commercial and residential structures.
Furthermore, additive manufacturing is another trend that goes with prefab, and it has been transforming the process of physically building and carrying out a construction project. In the following years, we’ll be able to enjoy an increase in buildings and infrastructure being fabricated and shipped on site.
This technology isn’t really something new, but it continues to be pushed forward by technology.
2. 3D Printing
3D printing refers to the techniques uses to create a physical structure. This technology continues to develop through the years, and the materials are more diverse than ever– ranging from metal, concrete, and resin. These are just some of the top materials used to build infrastructures. The benefits you can enjoy from using a 3D printer are countless.
Aside from that, 3D printing is also capable of reducing supply costs, directly project planning, decrease build times and encourage the creation of greener buildings and processes. Despite that they hadn’t hit the mainstream yet, rest assured that they’re already creating their name in the construction industry.
3. Robots Helping Construction Workers
In the construction industry, one of the most common faced by a lot of workers is that they are under threat by automation. What they fail to realize is that it could help them in the long run. For instance, robotic bricklayers would soon be part of the construction site, and this is something than can help human workers focus on specializations and this will retain job performance and employment rates in the construction industry.
4. Big Data and Cloud Computing
Experts believe that Big data and cloud computing are just some of the recent technological advancements that would have a significant impact on construction projects. For one, the cloud offers endless possibilities when it comes to cloud computing. You’ll have the privilege of gaining access to hundreds of CPU engaged in parallel processing.
The question is, how do you ensure that everything would run the way you wanted it? The answer is quite simple– through “Optioneering.” It’s a process where vast amounts of raw data are ingested and evaluated. Project managers manage to look for better options and ways on how to use these data through optional engineering. As a matter of fact, a lot of construction companies are using engineering together with cloud solutions, and this gives them a competitive advantage against their competitors.
Experts are also looking for ways on how to utilize data mining, big data, and predictive analysis to open the construction industry to new technologies even more.
5. Self-Healing and Permeable Concrete
Self-healing concrete can be the solution to reduce construction rework because they could easily repair cracks through small organisms embedded in it. Basically, when a crack form, air, and water would go through it– this would feed the substance which would repair the crack. Furthermore, it’s also worth noting that permeable concrete is porous and as it gets soaked with rainwater, it would fix up the issue effectively.
Aside from self-healing concrete, there are also plant-based materials, such as mushrooms, bamboo, and kelp that are lighter and considered to be more sustainable. They also have remarkable building properties and are entirely biodegradable as well.
6. Smart Traffic Cones
Last, but not least, would be the intelligent traffic cones. Experts believe that it could lessen the occurrence of accidents, especially in the construction site because it allows the contractors to monitor the location and status of traffic cones, as well as trigger alarms whenever there’s an accident. One great example of this would be the intelligence that operates together with existing cones, making it easier to transport from one place to another. The cones can be used in different settings, such as tapers, gates, road closures, lane closures, and many more.