It is imperative for professionals in building, construction and related industries to be up to date on the latest construction technology trends in order to maximize efficiency and maintain their competitive edge. This article gives a concise overview of the most exciting trends that have been surfacing over recent years and highlights some of the influences they are having in related industries.
5 Construction Tech Trends to Watch in the Coming Years
While prefabrication has been around all these years in the construction industry, newer technologies and building practices have made prefabrication more common. Building information modeling is changing the way teams work on projects and improving workflows. The growth of green building has also enhanced the use of prefabs in construction. Between improved modeling technology and prefabricated materials, project teams can construct buildings that are even more environment-friendly.
Prefabrication doesn’t always have to be high tech, though. A lot of contractors are opting for CDF’s pre-installed hardware and pre-finished wood doors, which are a popular choice that helps contractors cut down on labor costs and jobsite complication.
2. Smart Buildings
Smart buildings employ information technology to stay connected to people, building systems, and the global environment. These smart buildings use automated processes to control and regulate building operations such as heating, air conditioning, lighting, ventilation and other home systems. They use sensors, microchips, and other smart devices to collect data and manage it based on the building’s functionality. It is not uncommon to see homeowners integrating smart building technology in their homes, but it is more prevalent in commercial buildings.
2. 3D Building Information Modeling
BIM, an acronym for Building Information Modeling, is a 3D model-based platform for creating and managing project information. While this technology trend may be most relevant to the design process, 3D BIM modeling can be employed before, during and after construction phases. BIM is a digital description of every region of the building and objects in the model can be related to information like photos, manual and specification. If integrated, it can be of great benefit to construction firms by creating better plans, efficient result and stay within estimated budget.
One exciting new example for BIM tech is the Kaarta Contour. While the name “Kaarta Contour” may bring to mind something more along the lines of an orthopaedic back pillow, it is actually an extremely innovative handheld LiDAR scanning device. Traditionally, LiDAR (a highly accurate laser scanning technology that resembles radar in its employment) has been deployed via manned aerial vehicles and has begun to be mounted to UAVs in recent years. But a handheld device is perfect for mapping the interiors of building, allowing construction managers and maintenance engineers to acquire extremely precise 3d models of the inside of a building.
Taking sophisticated scanning and mapping technologies beyond surveying applications and into interior mapping and BIMs referenced throughout the course of construction could result in highly streamlined workflows, less waste and plenty of other future developments.
3. Energy-Saving Buildings.
As stated by the U.S Department of Energy, about 20 percent of U.S energy is expended to power commercial buildings. Energy-saving building construction is an excellent way to help businesses save power and energy. It is an effective means of cutting cost while also reducing their impact on the environment.
The development of energy saving buildings requires a whole building design approach in which the construction team designs and constructs all the elements so that they work in relativity. Merging this innovative approach with other energy efficient technologies will produce buildings that are 70% more efficient than traditional commercial buildings.
5. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS)
Unmanned aerial vehicles, whether automated using predetermined flight paths or can be manually controlled using a remote control, have been helping construction firms track project progress in real time through the generation of aerial maps, photos, and 3D images. For new projects, it can be employed for site surveys. This technology is also useful in improving productivity and ensuring worksite safety.
If you work in construction, be sure to keep an eye on these developing trends to stay on top of future developments in the industry. You might just be surprised where you see them crop up.