The Future of Construction Technology: Innovations that are set to shape tomorrow
There is no doubt that 2018 has been an exciting year for innovation in construction. As a leading provider of construction intelligence, Barbour Product Search is always keen to keep up to date with the latest trends in the industry. It is vital for architects, specifiers, manufacturers and other construction professionals to stay ahead of the game when it comes to advances in the industry.
Barbour Product Search will be partnering with Futurebuild 2019 and supporting the event’s goal to bring together decision-makers and product innovators to explore the biggest construction trends set to create a more positive future.
In this blog, Katja Knox from Barbour Product Search rounds up six of the biggest current advances that are already taking the industry by storm. If you manufacture innovations or technologies that align with these trends, then Futurebuild 2019 is the perfect platform for you.
Virtual & Augmented reality
These visual technologies continue to gain greater traction within the construction industry and are fast becoming some of the most valuable tools for project teams and end users alike. Virtual Reality – or VR – creates an immersive environment in a headset or cardboard viewer, or even an enveloping 360 pop-up tent or room – enabling contractors, designers and end users to step into their buildings before they’re even built. Everything is now connected online, and projects have been digitalized in such a way that paper is almost no longer needed.
The use of 3D printing technology to produce physical objects has advanced significantly in construction of late – at all levels of scale. Using 3D printing in construction undoubtedly has many benefits over traditional methods, like lower costs and waste, increased durability of built buildings, and faster construction of buildings. With 3D printing it can also be easier to design more complex shapes than with traditional manufacturing methods. This affords architects greater freedom in design – something that is always on trend, year on year.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Simply put, the Internet of Things (or IoT) encompasses everything connected to the internet. It’s a network of physical devices that are embedded with sensors and network connectivity to allow those objects to connect and exchange data. Many companies are implementing IOT technology into their workflows, as it has a number of benefits. If you can connect any machine to the web, workers will be able to give it instructions remotely. For example, in construction, IoT can be used in remote operation and monitoring, supply replenishment, construction tool tracking and in equipment servicing and repair.
The world of construction materials is advancing at an incredible rate as new technologies enter the construction sector, enabling further research and development. You only have to look at innovations like Self-healing concrete, Kinetic paving, 4D-printed structures and smog-eating buildings. All these sounded like they were something out of Star Trek a few years back and they’re now becoming staples of the construction industry.
In the last few years, the use of aerial drones has become more commonplace in the construction industry, and many companies are finding that drones can play a vital role in their work. Drones can access remote locations, are equipped with cameras, can collect data, complete safety inspections, capture project progress and so much more. Surveyors use them to create 3d mapping or images that later can be used to depict an area.
Technology is continuously improving and setting new standards, including higher environmental sustainability. Green building is no longer considered optional or a passing fad, but the future of construction. Forward-thinking designers and architects are leading the race introducing bold new solutions. Consequently, companies have to keep up the pace if they want to stay competitive. The continued success of modular construction, prefabricated processes and the rise of passivhouse are clear signs that this “trend” is here to stay.
We’re excited to meet forward-thinkers from across the industry – including specifiers, manufacturers, developers and construction professionals – to debate and create a roadmap to tackle the biggest issues facing the built environment, now and in the future.
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