Close your eyes and picture the construction industry and you’ll no doubt see images of check-shirt wearing builders in hard hats and tool belts littered across multiple layers of scaffolding as they construct yet another building from nothing more than an architectural design. What you probably don’t imagine, however, is a whole load of tech. But you should.
That’s right, the advancements in technology have enabled the construction industry to become one of the fastest booming sectors, and one that has adapted to the latest tech trends in order to do a better and more efficient job. Use of project managment, construction planning and online construction bidding software are just a few of the many ways construction industry is becoming more efficient. It’s also been the catalyst for so many top graduates heading into managerial positions in this market.
Anyway, without further ado, here is a list of some of the most incredible technological advancements that are becoming commonplace in construction:
The Rise Of The Drone
Since the drone first swooped into people’s peripherals, we’ve been seeing aerial video footage creep up everywhere. We’ve seen a train rumbling through the countryside, snowboards tearing it down snowless mountains, people showing off their garden from up high and just how hard they can handle (#crashreel). However, the construction industry is using them to improve their effectiveness – using them to map out potential sites for development, to carry out surveyor work and check the condition of infrastructure they would otherwise struggle to see because it is hard to reach or unsafe to. From construction plans to blueprints, the drone has improved the accuracy of all those construction companies using them.
Develop From Anywhere
For a lot of industries, it’s relatively easy to see how remote-working got transitioned in. It could be creative copywriters working from home but on the same project, or salespeople accessing and tweaking presentations while in the field and so much more. However, it’s quite tricky to see how the construction industry can use remote-working tech to boost business. Yet, they are, and they are using it to improve and develop their employees and workers, and one of the most popular is the American Safety Council OSHA training course. Without having to send their workforce away on expensive courses and risk losing them for a week or more, construction companies are choosing to develop their staff on 30-hour online courses instead. Not only does this save costs it improves the efficiency of their operations too, which has a big impact on the overall success of a project.
The Internet Of Things
If there is one niche that is getting more attention than anything else right now, it is connectivity, and even this is about to get a massive overhaul in the form of blockchain technology. It’s what spawned the Internet of Things and something the construction industry has leapt on. The reason is simple: with the Internet of Things comes an opportunity to make lives easier, not just to the construction firms working on a project but to the potential buyers at the end of the line. That’s why architects, interior designers and builders alike are all giving serious thought to this technology at the front-end of the building process. They want to make sure they make homes as mobile-friendly and interconnected as possible. They want to make sure control is placed firmly in the hand of the homeowner. Heating, curtains, television, intuitive kitchen counters, wireless charging spaces, speakers, air-con, door locks and everything else you can think of. We are living in a world where homebuyers want to own intelligent homes, which is why the entire construction industry is looking for ways to use this recent and developing trend.
Printing Became Perfect
When the whole 3D printing concept burst onto the scene, it really only made a noise in certain industries, mainly those that work in design. But that has changed and is continuing to change, as the construction industry has already proven. Sure, it is still early days for this specific tech and how far it can go, but they have already been used in the construction of buildings from the ground up. The way it is working at the moment is through carbon-fibre based polymers, which specialist firms are using to print full-sized homes, ones that people can live in and live in comfortably. Like we said, these buildings are still rare, but as the technology develops and the experimenting improves, we could see this technology become a permanent fixture on building sites. Who knows, we may even get to a stage where entire towns and villages are constructed from 3D printing.
Concrete Has Gotten An Upgrade
It doesn’t matter what is being built, concrete is still the most go-to material in construction and that’s because it is tough, sturdy, durable, cheap and easy to use. However, that doesn’t mean it is perfect, as any builder will happily tell you. The biggest battle is, well, it has a tendency to crack and chip and dry unevenly and take on too much water and all sorts. That’s where science has stepped in to radically improve this absolutely essential business staple.
Researchers have found a way to insert a bacteria into the concrete that will produce limestone should the concrete take on too much water. What this means is, any cracks that start to appear will seal themselves before anything worrisome can start to develop. Not only will this mean that the foundations of buildings will be much stronger – and thus act as a much more solid support for steel joists and any other materials that may be placed into the concrete – they will make concrete much more adaptable, and will also see concrete get used for a finished look as well.
Like we mentioned at the start, the advancements in technology have changed so many industries. But what it has done to the construction world is making it infinitely more dynamic, boosted growth and kept costs down. It’s helped save companies so much time and effort and waste. And, best of all, we’re just at the start, which means the future of this sector really is as bright as any.