Technology and innovation is always advancing to improve the efficiency and quality of people’s work. Especially in the construction industry, where rising costs and shortages in labor are consistent problems that force industry players to innovate in order to stay competitive and profitable.
New techniques and technologies are continuously changing the construction sites all over the world by; increasing construction speeds, lowering construction costs and maintenance, improving research and development, and increasing profit margins.
This improvement in construction technology could be something as simple as a rubber speed bump. Which allows for the replacement of the old asphalt speed bumps with a cheaper and easier to maintain rubber speed bump but still providing all the old functions of the traditional speed bump.
Or it could be something as complex as using artificial intelligence to help interpret the gathered data for construction. Technology is always moving forward, so here are 3 Construction Trends to look forward to in 2021 and beyond.
1. Using Construction Robots and Drones
Robotics and Drones have been around for quite a while, however it is only recently that the automation of certain processes and the use of drones in construction sites have made a significant impact on increasing productivity and safety.
The use of robots to automate repetitive and straightforward tasks like brick laying or drywall installation would greatly increase the efficiency and speed of construction.
The robots would supplement the construction worker’s abilities and performance instead of replacing them; this improved performance would lead to better productivity and would even lead to less stress and deterioration on the worker’s bodies. The construction robots would also need actual humans to do the installation, set up, and preparation work.
While Drones are used in construction sites as a means to survey the area of the site, to see structure progress, and ensure worker safety.
Construction Drones are also a great tool to get a bird’s eye view of the entire construction site to do site inspections, find safety hazards, and monitor project progress. Workers would need to have the proper training to handle and operate the drones.
The attachment of sensory devices like cameras and scanners to drones would significantly improve data collection on the job site. This increased amount of data could lead to better decision-making and improvements in construction techniques.
Robots and Drones are one step into the future of the construction industry. It offers a variety of benefits and uses. As such, robots and drones would continue to see a rise in adoption in the future.
2. Using Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
The usage of augmented or virtual reality in the construction industry is on the rise. Virtual reality provides an immersive space for communication and collaboration to showcase designs and job proposals among architects, engineers, and clients.
Using virtual reality and augmented reality in construction allows for the 3D imagining of future structures and projects.
Those involved in the project would be able to see a 3D virtual representation of what they are working on; this could be used for the automated measuring of the building or even provide an affordable way for architects to see and plan structural changes for the project.
3. Offsite Construction
With modern technology and construction techniques, we can now make structures offsite and then transport them to the client’s desired location. Modular and prefabricated construction has been around for quite a while. However, it was because of the recent pandemic health guidelines that it has become increasingly popular.
The Offsite construction area is a controlled location that serves as basically a factory for buildings. It functions as a building manufacturing factory with different stations that provide workers with the tools and equipment they need in order to efficiently and adequately do their tasks.
This assembly line technique of building structures would reduce waste and increase the overall efficiency of construction.
There are two types of offsite construction, modular construction, and prefabricated construction. In modular construction, whole rooms or buildings can be completed with fixtures and finishes already installed, then transported to the construction site.
While in prefabricated construction, the building parts will be built offsite then transported and assembled in the construction area.