In the last year alone, construction technology has increased by 30%, in one year that's a massive increase and an on the rise trend which will continue to increase year on year. Over the next decade we're set to see some big differences in some of the traditional construction methods we once used. The industry is constantly developing and evolving, especially with the skills that tradesmen now possess and with the rapid development of technology, we're sure to see some ground breaking trends. We've picked out some of the top trends you're likely to start seeing taking shape in 2019.
Augmented reality will provide many new opportunities for the construction industry, but unfortunately, those new opportunities will come at a significant cost. However, a cost that could be very much repaid in the near future. Augmented reality will provide the construction industry with a massive head start on any project before it has even started to take shape, which in the long run is going to save a lot of time and money. An advancement on virtual reality as it allows users to walk through real 3D environments with their feet whilst at the same time gathering real-time information.
The whole augmented reality process will be much more efficient as it will offer everyone who is part of the project the chance to finalise their aspects of the job before it has even started.
Concrete is a material that working on a construction site, you'd be hard not to come across. A fantastic material, with multiple uses, however it can deteriorate over time; drying out and cracking as it grows weaker over the years. Considering it is one of the most extensively used products in the industry, this is a giant step which could see a lot of time saved.
The self-healing concrete heals itself when it comes into contact with the air, the water that is then mixed produces the outer protective layer. There are predictions that by 2030 we'll be using 5 billion metric tonnes of the stuff throughout the industry. Keep a look out for the self-healing concrete making an appearance on roads, buildings and homes near you soon.
BIM technology will be the catalyst for a ginormous change in how the design and development of a project is managed. This not only enables 3D programming, but all the way up to 8D programming for building operations, sustainability and safety. BIM technology is basically an intelligent, model based technology which carries a project through from conception to completion; computer models which can be used to direct real life construction. Sensors can be placed in constructed buildings and will automatically generate information such as, effects due to climates, longevity, changes in efficiency and how structures would behave in extreme weather conditions. A trend that is set to take off as 85% of construction stakeholders believe that the technology can enable a better design insight.
As technology continues to develop, more and more construction companies are more willingly accepting the use of modern technology on their sites and this is no truer than for the use of drones; a technology which is already used heavily on construction sites. The inclusion of drones on construction sites could see a project run much more smoothly over a much shorter space of time, allowing views on a site that would not be possible in an easy fashion by the human eye. The instant photographic view will allow you to keep clients up to date much more easily, as well as providing them with the information on an instant basis.
As well as enhancing the smoothness of a project, along with the time efficiency, drones will also be able to contribute to site safety, as they can be sent into buildings instead of a human, which would improve the overall safety of the operation. As the drone technology grows more efficient, we're sure to see the appearance of drones on site a much more common appearance than not.
Wearable technology is something which has slowly but surely made its way into our everyday lives, so it is no surprise that it is something making a headway for the construction industry. It is expected to be able to play a substantial role in boosting safety onsite, as well as monitoring the project progress.
The wearable technology in the construction industry is there to serve as a method of safety keeping the workers safe on site. It will be able to identify workers on site and identify if someone has a trip or a fall, or is in a more serious condition on site. The use of the wearable technology would allow the location of the worker to be a lot more rapid. As the industry begins to develop benchmarks for safety, those that have invested in wearable technology could see themselves as more and more in demand.
As technology continues to take over a bigger percentage of our daily lives, we'll look forward to this time next year and seeing how far this technology has come and what we'll have on our radars for 2020.