According to JBKnowledge, about 60% of construction firms have Research and Development departments for new technology. The construction industry is currently facing changes with rapid technological advancements.
Fortunately, the readiness to adopt these new technologies seems great since these tech breakthroughs promise to transform the industry and produce massive changes in quality, safety, productivity, and sustainability. Below are the top rewards of new construction technologies.
1. Robotics and Drones
Robots and drones can monitor and complete specific tasks in hazardous situations. Drones are becoming more popular in the construction sector as the tech advances and become more affordable.
These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are used in construction sites to survey job sites and ensure employees are kept away from potentially dangerous areas.
Drones usage is elevating safety, efficiency, and accuracy on the construction site. They can also gather information for survey data.
2. Safety Equipment
The construction industry expects an increase in the standards and utilization of better safety equipment. Due to an increased number of road traffic accidents, road engineers use road safety equipment to reduce the damage.
Traffic cones are used to keep drivers in their lanes. A Jersey barrier is also placed on the road to prevent collisions from oncoming traffic. It is designed to minimize car damages in the event of incidental contact while still hindering vehicle crossovers that lead to crashes.
3. Construction Management Software
The software is advancing impressively and is becoming easier to integrate on the construction sites.
The majority of project management solutions are bundling scheduling, construction management, and timekeeping to serve construction firms in the best capacity. Project management software can store all necessary documents related to the construction project in a single location.
4. Green Technology and Sustainable Solutions
Green construction refers to the construction of projects in an environmentally responsible as a resource-friendly method. It is a growing field in construction, as more buildings are researching ways to incorporate sustainability into the process.
Green construction covers all project stages, starting from planning, designing, construction, and maintenance to demolition.
According to the World Green Building Council, the construction sector accounts for almost 20% of global emissions.
With low-quality buildings and a rapidly-expanding population, there is a clear need for more safe buildings. Green construction creates a win-win situation for construction firms: a building that is environmentally and economically efficient.
5. Business Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM is a method of representing construction projects through computer-generated images to help construction managers visualize a project before construction. Engineers can use these models to visualize how building materials will hold up eventually. Such visualization reduces the time wasted, labor, and materials on a construction project.
BIM is environmentally and economically beneficial to the construction sector. Using it is a crucial transitionary tool for companies to migrate towards sustainable construction methods and has an impressive ROI in long-term budgeting.
6. Modular and Prefabricated Construction
Modular construction is a prefabricated approach to constructing repetitive structures, so buildings are perfect for modular and prefabricated buildings. The process saves time, energy, and costs. The units are usually built off-site and assembled at the construction site.
Modular construction firms are causing waves in the sector due to the impressively expedited rate at which they can construct commercial and residential buildings.
According to MarketsandMarkets, the modular construction market has a projected 6.9% projected annual growth rate, to be valued at up to $157 billion by 2023.
The units being built also recycle materials that end up in excess, which helps cut back on waste. It then makes the construction project more sustainable, building on the construction industry’s rising sustainability trend.
7. Smart Construction Materials and Equipment
The construction sector has enjoyed the introduction of smart materials, which have super strengths and insulation properties. Smart construction materials can also clean and repair themselves while independently monitoring their strengths and performance.
There are also smart windows that produce electricity and can change the opacity of glass to filter light.
The advancement of technology into the construction industry has improved efficiency, profits, and worker safety. Construction safety equipment such as traffic cones, a Jersey barrier, and street signs have significantly reduced traffic accidents and deaths.
As a result, more and more technologies are being embraced in the sector to influence the desired level of change.