Now, more than ever before, the construction industry is greatly benefiting from the technological advancements year over year. Now that we’re halfway through 2018, let’s review some of the top construction industry trends thus far.
It seems that drone usage has only just begun for the construction industry. A Verizon company that creates drone operation management software, Skyward, teamed with Blue Research to conduct a survey on the usage of drones. Their data showed that “drone adoption is the highest in the construction and engineering industry”. The next highest industry for drone usage is the government.
Drones have been proven to save time and resources on jobsites by collecting real-time data and communicating through images and videos. They capture information on jobsites from the early planning stages through completion. Their capabilities include surveying, building maps, tracking progress, inspecting structures and identifying potential safety hazards.
A major reason for the growth and popularity in offsite construction is simple: It saves time. And according to Construction Dive, it will only increase from here. With offsite construction, also called modular construction, projects can stay on schedule no matter the location, time of year or weather conditions. Ground work can be done on site while the structures are simultaneously assembled in a factory.
Similarly, offsite construction allows for jobs to be completed with fewer resources and in more controlled, therefore safer work environments. Marriott, Google and Starbucks are a few companies opting for offsite construction.
Applications for mobile devices still prove to be some of the most helpful advancements for construction. They are widely used, affordable and environmentally friendly. Employees can share real-time data from anywhere on the job, and keep teams on the same page regardless of location. They’re able to organize and share BIM models, plans, schedules, reports, tips and other timely information.
In the beginning of the year, we shared with you our list for the best construction apps of 2018.
3D printing is still relatively new, but getting more affordable and growing quickly. With this, objects of many different materials and shapes can be designed and produced onsite or offsite. It is also beneficial to the construction industry, using less materials therefore generating less waste. Other technological perks include speed with fewer errors on each project, and some reduced labor costs and safety concerns.
Many details regarding 3D printing are still being worked out, so stay tuned. If data and project specifics are not closely and properly reviewed on the back end, costly setbacks may result. For more on 3D printing, see this article from business.com.
With technology constantly changing, it’s important to stay in the know regarding the latest trends. These advancements can save your company a great deal of time and expenses, and keep you ahead of the competition. Some developments are newer than others, but we suggest you consider all of these trends for your business soon.