The combination of construction and technology is nothing new but it’s an industry that has been continually evolving for many years. Technology plays a central role in our lives and this is only set to increase in 2017 so it’s important that the construction industry moves with the times. So what are the big trends that look set to have an impact on the construction industry in 2017? Find out in our latest guest blog post.
As the Internet of Things becomes more popular, an increasing number of smart buildings will be required. Whether this is for homes, business or public properties, there will be a growing demand for buildings that can automatically control heating, lighting, ventilation and even security systems. These buildings will have sensors and microchips embedded in them at the construction stage allowing smart building features to be ready as soon as the building is.
Energy Saving Buildings
As well as being smart, more buildings will have energy saving features that will reduce utility bills and ensure top energy ratings. Designers will consider energy saving measures at the design process of a building, looking at its environmental impact as well as ways to reduce its carbon footprint during the lifespan of the structure.
UAVs or unmanned aerial vehicles have already been utilized in different fields from wildlife photography to military applications. Now the construction industry is finding that these small, aerial devices are ideal for surveying sites, helping to construct 3D pans and to monitor a site in real-time. They are also useful for improving productivity, efficiency and also workplace safety for those working on site.
Detailed 3D Modelling
With the increased use of UAVs and other new technologies, advances in detailed 3D modelling will continue this year. One example of this is Building Information Modelling or BIM, a system that is used to create and manage project information. Originally designed for modeling, it has been shown to help before, during and even after the construction process. A wealth of information can be stored in the software including photos, specifications and even manuals associated with elements within the building.
Prefabrication may seem like an old-fashion idea but like everything, it has seen a modernization that has made it relevant once again. In fact, prefabrication is being used on ever larger and more complicated projects and is a big feature in the growth of green buildings. Because elements can be made off-site and brought to the location to finalize, the costs associated with creating the buildings can be reduced and the environmental cost also decreases.
Connected Job Sites
Mobile technology is already playing a significant part in many types of construction and that looks set to continue in 2017. Using mobile tech to streamline projects, especially across multiple sites, allows team members to work in harmony and for people to see the work being done regardless of their physical location. It also allows real time communications and quick adaptations of plans when anyone realises an issue has arisen. Added to this is the ability to communicate via video and photo sharing to ensure everyone can offer their input to the work real-time.
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