Construction firms are combating labor shortage while pushing to separate themselves away from the competition. To help them achieve these, they need to study the trends that will dominate the construction industry in the future.
Accelerations in construction technology breakthroughs are offering expansive digital transformations in the industry. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are massively shaping construction technologies by remedying low productivity and long-standing inefficiencies.
In the future, we won’t be surprised if we see AI-controlled construction cones ensuring the workers’ safety. These cones will connect various devices to each other to help workers understand potential dangers before an emergency strikes.
What pushed these rapid changes?
There are a variety of factors that drove these changes. One of them is the ever-changing expectations of the clientele. Because clients are also micro-aware of the market changes, their expectations also grew, emphasizing their preference for innovatively tailored commercial buildings, worksites, and homes.
These demands also rose quickly, thus, pushing construction firms to create optimized, specific, and modularized outputs that also promote better health and security parameters.
Apart from this, new possibilities also cropped up in the construction niche with a significant decrease in the cost of more efficient software, hardware, and sensors. Because of these, construction experts can take advantage of more valuable and novel transformations backed by additive printing, robotics, drones, and virtual reality.
To compliment these transformations, start-ups also stepped up to the plate and went above and beyond in delivering valuable contributions to the tech trends. All these factors drove the increase in demand for more technology-driven construction outputs.
What specific technologies could alter the construction industry?
Because of the changes in demands and the birth of more opportunities, the tech industry leveraged technology to make itself indispensable to those in the construction business. Here are four of the futuristic technologies that are expected to revolutionalize today’s construction environment.
1. Construction Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI offers so much added value to the construction industry. First and foremost, it provides a high-quality, expansive database that can provide the backbone to prediction-yielding machine learning procedures.
For example, AI can create new and more efficient construction timelines by checking and going through millions of varying scenarios. Aside from this, AI can also help in image recognition. Construction firms can use AI to scan and analyze materials and job sites to identify high-risk materials and high-risk worker behavior trends.
AI now comes in different names. While some simply call it AI, other companies hide their identity behind algorithms, machine learning, and other terms that refer to the same capability.
2. Connected Construction Job Site
This technology has finally arrived, and it works by eliminating paperwork. Companies are working so hard to use and deploy this technological breakthrough. Instead of paper, companies will have to use and fill digital forms to send people to the job site with this in place. When companies fully leverage this technology, their construction managers can always receive better-quality site information sans the need to move from one location to another.
Since there’s less time wasted on travel, these managers can make faster decisions on matters at hand. On the other hand, employees would only wait for a short time to get their headquarters’ responses. This will make work faster as well.
3. Augmented Reality
This technology was first introduced to the consuming public through gadgets and gaming. Now, AR is starting to dominate the construction industry. Now, picture this: construction workers wearing Google Glasses at work to receive instructions and updates.
It doesn’t only look cool, but it’s also a highly efficient way of getting things faster. These ARs can be used to send safety warnings when workers are tired and needing rest.
It can also provide relevant data such as pressure, temperature, and requested data points to help the workers identify on-site problems more proactively.
There is a high demand for IoT capabilities and analytics from different building owners. They want these technologies to be incorporated into their buildings.
Because of this, experts see an equally high demand for the construction industry to develop better IoT and analytics expertise. These can be used to manage energy, security, cooling, and heating usage within the building.
With all these breakthroughs we expect to see in the construction world, we can also expect improvement in utilizing and enjoying our personal spaces.
These improvements are holistic approaches to make the workplace safe for workers while also functional and convenient for building owners. Indeed, no wonder everyone is looking forward to it.