As companies all over the world push their way forward to compete in 2019, innovation in construction technology indeed provides a way to do so. Keeping in mind the use of technology for enhanced safety and quality, here are some of the trends in the construction industry that are likely to dominate in the years to come.
1. Drones are here!
Use of drones in the construction technology space has become the common norm. As drone technology continues to proliferate rapidly, it is getting more accurate, precise, and providing higher yields! As per the reports, the drone industry is expected to witness a rise from $ 2 bn to $ 10 bn in the next 10 years.
Another technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) - the surveillance robots can help the project managers in examining the construction sites remotely. The spy robot is adapted with an HD and night vision camera, improved video analysis, microphone, graphical user interface, and display monitor with the help of which there could be a two-way communication among the co-workers and the project managers. It can help in the survey of specified and hazardous areas where humans and heavy machinery cannot possibly reach. Further, it facilitates monitoring the progress in real-time along with reporting of incidents. Additionally, the footage can be captured to note down any deviations and can be dealt with accordingly, thereby saving time, money, resources and increasing the productivity.
Like any other industry, robotics is all set to take over and will soon become a commanding force in the construction technology space. The industrial robotics market is gradually headed towards its prime, and the year 2019 is likely to witness a great deal of it.
A fully autonomous AI based cleaning robot can be used for advanced construction or for cleaning skyscrapers, high stories buildings, and even the interiors. It can also be used for painting works. This concept uses special AI algorithms to automate decision making and processes. It can help through less dependency on direct labour, thereby improving the quality of work along with reduction of cost. Besides this, it helps to increase productivity since it requires less intervention from the human. Additionally, robots can also help to carry out work in dangerous zones, hence minimising the corresponding labour injuries.
3. It is all in the cloud
The future of technology is in the cloud! The leaders and managers can leverage cloud technology using their mobile devices, anytime and anywhere. This is the tool that allows the project managers to remain competitive and be aware of the live status and data at real time.
Almost all the leading technology and manufacturing giants have implemented cloud technology. This real-time data, many times, helps in making decisions and implementing concrete steps.
4. Augmented Reality (AR)
There is a significant trend shift from primitive techniques to modern techniques, and one such gift of the transition is the use of augmented reality in the construction technology space. There are reports which estimate the AR market to increase by USD 90 bn by the end of the year 2020.
Also, there are various devices and applications that have been developed and currently in use by various construction companies to give virtual experience to prospective clients. Presently, a high percentage of architects and interior design companies are using this technology as their medium to communicate the design to their clients which helps the buyer in decision making. Additionally, it can also be used in giving construction safety training to the workers.
6. Data Eco-system
A good part of the data in the construction industry is being thrown away. Precisely, over 90 percent of it! The real-time collaboration of data through construction software and creation of the data ecosystem is the new mantra. This data ecosystem is expected to act as the digital backbone for the construction processes.
7. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM technology is rapidly taking over and is being extensively taken up by academia. It is poised to be the catalyst for the fundamental overhaul of the construction processes such as designing, developing, and management of construction project.
8. Standardised Processes
The implementation of modular construction by making use of the standardised processes is helping the leaders to cut down the costs and lead times significantly. Off-site assembling before completing the on-site construction project is one example of a standardising process.