Though there are many technologies that have emerged as a very valuable idea, there are five major construction trends and tech that stands out. And in this article, we will take a closer look at them so that you can keep up with other companies in 2020.
This is the year where robotics has greatly impacted the construction industry. The construction industry is not just limited to computer software anymore. It has introduced different machines and robots to aid the construction process. In particular, we are talking about UAV Drone.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Drones have become very popular among construction companies. And this is for a reason. Drones significantly contribute to supporting engineers and workers in a construction site. It helps to keep the workers safe from potential danger and helps to improve the quality of building and save construction time too.
Drones are not very sophisticated technology; they are available at affordable prices and are extremely accurate and easy to operate. In fact, from a study, it has been reported that Drones are going to take over the construction industry in 2020.
2. Virtual/ Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are the technologies that have been in the market for several years, and still today, it has a huge impact on many industries. The construction industry is one of them that uses VR and AR.
This is because, if you see in the past, there are many intricate and artistic designs of the building projects. Without VR and AR, such complicated constructions are not at all possible within time and without any errors.
The errors could arrive in the HVAC System for an example. Here below are some aspects where VR and AR considerably come into play:
• 3D modeling of the building structure.
• Improve BIM (Building Information Modeling) Visualization.
• The clients can explore all the segments before the construction.
• AR and VR could help maintain the engineers and workers on the site.
3. Building Information Modeling – BIM
BIM technology is undoubtedly going to be continued in 2020. Building Information Modeling or BIM is a technology which helps the engineers and architects to visualize the construction process by providing computer-images and representation of overall building and utilities.
Engineers and architects could use the models and images to visualize how the project will be carried out. And as this process is done before the construction, the visualization can help to reduce the number of extra materials, labors, and time. Thus, providing a certain amount of required resources.
Though many machines and robotics are involved in the construction, it is incomplete without actual labor power. An exoskeleton is a technology that many construction companies are after, which means it is going to be trendy in 2020 and even after that.
The exoskeleton is designed to increase the productivity and safety of the workers. It could be worn over clothes and aims to provide more power to minimize strain or any injury. Exoskeleton machines come with motorized joints and help to keep the posture correct during heavy equipment lifting.
There are different types of exoskeleton that could work mechanically or with electricity etc. All aims to support the worker and reduces the chances of injury. Many workers say that they will be adopting this technology in 2020.
5. Modular and Prefabricated Construction
Modular and Prefabricated Construction has been a growing trend in the construction industry and will be carried forward in 2020 and later on. This approach for building any project can have several advantages. Some of them are:
1: It is an eco-friendly technique.
2: Modular and Prefabricated Construction techniques shorten the construction time.
3: Most of the components are prepared in the factory; this helps to reduce the disturbance and less use of Orion flares are on-site.
4: It saves a lot of money. (Bulk discounts from suppliers)
5: Since all the risk involved work is done in a safe environment, modular and prefabricated construction dramatically reduces the chances of hazards and accidents on site.
The construction industry is going through trendy shifts where new technologies will be invented, and old ones will be upgraded. However, there are some evergreen construction trends mentioned above, which will significantly affect the industry in 2020 and in the future too.