Technology has transformed the operations of every industry sector: it’s radically changed the nature of the construction industry so far, allowing us to build skyscrapers, underwater structures and effective rail services without having to lug huge loads or dig deep trenches by hand. So, what might future construction technology have in store? Here we’ll explore the latest tech developments and how these are set to disrupt the world of construction as we know it.
What is the latest technology in construction?
Take a look into our crystal ball! We predict that these innovative construction technology trends will have a transformative impact on the industry in the next few years.
Virtual Reality is emerging as a new building technology to help with safety and training. The simulated environment created by VR can give trainees the chance to experience high-risk situations such as working at height or operating heavy-duty machinery – all within the safe confines of an office or classroom. Not only does this avoid the risk of injury whilst training, it also means there’s no chance of damaging expensive equipment.
VR training also gives managers and employees a clear view of what to expect onsite, helping them to create a realistic schedule for projects.
AI & Machine Learning
AI is science fiction fantasy turned reality, although perhaps not in the way you might imagine. While machines won’t be taking over your project any time soon, they can be used to your advantage, gathering and converting data in a way that humans just can’t match, to predict outcomes and improve productivity.
For example, machines can track workers when onsite and locate tools quickly. Artificial intelligence can then analyse this data to understand how workers move around the site, before finding the ultimate solution to reorganise tools, equipment, and materials in a way that maximises efficiency.
Drones are another machine likely to impact future construction technology. Capturing photographs of project progress in real-time, the data they provide can be compared to the construction schedule to ensure that everything is progressing as expected. The technology can show at a glance how much work has been completed each day, and will immediately identify when the work appears to be falling behind schedule or deviating from the planned model. It’s easy to see how this will be a valuable tool to keep projects on track and avoid the need for expensive rework when errors occur.
When we entered the construction industry, we didn’t imagine donning a wearable exoskeleton as part of our job description! But the bending and lifting involved in a typical construction job can take its toll on the body. Construction exoskeletons are wearable machines that provide extra support and power for the back and shoulders, when performing repetitive movements like bending, lifting and grabbing. Originally designed for rehabilitation programs, they are gaining popularity as an innovative construction technology to reduce injuries in workers.
Why waste time waiting for your construction site to be prepared, when you can get started earlier by building offsite? Modular construction is an alternative building method that involves constructing structures in separate, ‘modular’ parts in an offsite location, transporting them to the planned building site, before assembling them in place using cranes. This efficient new building technology can reduce the construction schedule by half! It’s likely that as modular construction is adopted, it will save on-site costs, improve efficiency, reduce waste and lower the environmental impact of every build. It will be exciting to see how this innovative construction technology shapes the industry in the coming years.
Conclusion: The impact of future construction technology
With the rapid development of innovative construction technology, the advantages it brings range from superior productivity to improved safety. Companies that do not embrace these changes risk losing their competitive edge in the industry.
If you’d like to embrace these new technologies for your latest project, Hollywell can help. We’ll work with you to implement efficient solutions to get the job done on time and within budget. For more information and to discuss your requirements, call us on 01727 810555 or fill in our contact form.