The construction industry is one of the few sectors that aren’t fully ready to embrace new technologies, and one of the main reasons for that is, they got used to traditional ways, making them believe that it’s not really necessary to incorporate newer technologies in the workplace.
However, times have changed, and if they want to stay ahead, it’s crucial to fully utilize and even take advantage of what these have to offer. It doesn’t matter if it’s the use of AI, drones, 3D printing, or something else, rest assured that these technological innovations will ensure a safer environment for everyone.
That said, here are the 4 technologies that are changing the construction industry in the next 5 years.
Large corporations have been using 3D printers to create parts, and even NASA is doing something like this. Recently, NASA announced that it will utilize more than 100 3D printer parts to build a spacecraft, and this would be used to carry out a series of lunar missions and space exploration to various destinations.
To date, the first 3D printed building on earth was completed last December, and it measures 8x8x6 meters. This was used to come up with structural walls of the building on demand. Then, other BODs have entered the market since then.
This only proves that some advantages can be enjoyed with 3D printers, and this includes embedding wireless sensors into the walls of a residential property, experiencing a full integration of technology, and most importantly, an environment that promotes the use of smart buildings.
2. Smart Devices
Technology can make you fly. This is what a lot of experts believe in, and it’s somewhat true. With technology, it unlocks several potentials, and it offers freedom, but there’s a catch. You’ll have to be fully committed for you to enjoy this.
However, if you’re already a big advocate of using smart devices in construction, then you’ll be reaping the results from then on. The information gathered can be analyzed in real time, which means it promotes better production and efficiency on the job site.
Aside from 3D printing, there’s also BIM. Some companies offer software for BIM, and JD Edwards is one of them. Basically, BIM is a process where the generation and management of digital representations of physical, as well as functional characteristics of places are being used to ensure that the whole company would be able to stick with its budget.
The UK is one of the countries that’s utilizing this kind of technology, and it’s a modernization of the overall sector. Furthermore, it’s also being adopted by construction contractors, as well as medium-sized building companies and house builders because it’s becoming more affordable than ever. Not just that, it also offers some tangible benefits.
Indeed, there’s definitely a lot more to expect with BIM, and the future of BIM construction ensures that data would be fully utilized to provide automated and predictive maintenance schedules during the process.
It’s also worth noting that by passing BIM data from build program through operations and within the maintenance phase, the manager would have the idea of where exactly the fixtures, fittings, and life cycles are.
4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Drones are being very helpful when it comes to mapping out some of the most dangerous zones in the construction site, and this is done digitally which means higher accuracy can also be enjoyed. More often than not, the usual cause of delays in the construction site is the errors made.
This also increases the overall cost, and it also makes everything more complicated than it already is. However, the use of drones can dramatically improve several aspects of the construction site. It promotes speed, safety, and accuracy on different parts of the construction cycle.
Furthermore, drones gather data by hovering over the place and taking a high-definition photo. Photogrammetry is utilized by experts to gather high-quality point clouds as well as 3D models from the images gathered. This lessens the occurrence of errors, and the reduction of the timeline is also improved.
What used to take several months, can now be accomplished within several days. In fact, sometimes, it can be done within several hours. With the advent of machine intelligence, drones are becoming more capable and smarter.