5 Emerging Construction Technology Trends

By Samuel Okoronkwo

What does the future hold for technology in construction? 

 

The construction industry faces unprecedented pressure to streamline operations and reduce costs amidst the ongoing pandemic and economic recovery. To meet these demands, technology has become an integral tool for achieving success.

 

In this article, I will be exploring five cutting-edge technology trends that are currently reshaping the construction industry…

 

  • Drones

While drones have been utilised in the construction industry for some time, experts predict a significant shift towards more advanced, AI-driven drones in 2023 and beyond. These state-of-the-art devices, equipped with real-time aerial imagery and 3D lidar scans, are revolutionising construction processes and raising the bar for industry standards.

 

  • Building Information Modelling 

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an increasingly popular and innovative technology that has taken the construction industry by storm. It has proved to be a crucial tool for modern architectural, engineering and building processes. In fact, research suggests that by 2024, even the slowest adopters of BIM will be using it for the majority of their projects.

 

  • 3D Printing 

3D printing has emerged as a cutting-edge technology in the construction industry, allowing for the creation of three-dimensional structures from digital models. Although its origins can be traced back to 1995, recent advancements have enabled the creation of highly detailed 3D models using sophisticated software programs. One impressive example involves the use of 3D printing to fabricate steel nodes for a lightweight structure, demonstrating the immense potential of this innovative technology.

 

  • Virtual and Augmented Reality 

The virtual and augmented reality industry is poised for explosive growth, with experts predicting a staggering $8 trillion increase by 2030. Already, we are witnessing the transformative power of AR/VR technology in diverse fields, including remote site inspections, where it offers unprecedented levels of precision and detail. Additionally, AR/VR has proven to be a valuable tool for enhancing safety, promoting collaboration, and streamlining communication in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector.

 

  • Green Technology 

The global shift towards sustainable development has placed “green” construction at the forefront of corporate priorities worldwide. As companies strive to minimise their environmental footprint, technology has emerged as a crucial enabler of sustainable building practices. By analysing various aspects of the construction process and employing eco-friendly solutions, green building technology is driving a transformation towards a more sustainable future for our planet.

 

It is clear that technology has a huge part to play in the future of the construction industry. As the industry evolves, emerging technologies are poised to revolutionise the way construction companies operate. These 5 trends are just a glimpse into the technological advancements that are set to transform the industry in the coming years.

 

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