By Construction Tech Review | Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Modern technologies will shape the future of construction by offering a safer and efficient project management.
FREMONT, CA: Firms all around the world are struggling to find new ways to adapt and compete for innovation in construction technology. It is very hard to keep track of innovations as the next big thing overshadows the impact of tools we have just started to explore. The construction sector is always evolving. As the years go by, new trends appear within the industry. The trend varies from technological advancement to a stronger focus on sustainability. Enterprises should be aware of emerging trends if they want to stay prepared for the future. After all, these emerging trends will only ease the workload and make the work more efficient, if the organizations need to cope up with the innovations and advancement, they need to keep up with these emerging trends. Construction companies should be aware of the latest trend that has already started to emerge or is upcoming. Given below are seven major trends that will influence the construction sector in the coming years.
1. Hiking Material Costs
The past years have witnessed the rising material costs within the construction sector, and this trend is sticking around. Due to the hiking cost amount of skilled labour and supplies, the construction sector has been urged to fork out more if they want to enhance their growth and if they want the company going. This is one of the reasons why construction companies look for ways to cut down costs. The enterprises should know how to embrace new construction technologies that can make their workforce more efficient.
2. A Leap in the Popularity of Project Management Software
Many industries have started to embrace the management software, and the construction industry is one among them. Project management software has improved significantly over the last few years, and there are different programs to suit varieties of jobs. The software management provides the construction companies with three major advantages; transparency, accountability, and efficiency. As there are many users who use the same software, it is easier for people to understand their role, which will later help them to make construction sites safer. Lately, the project management software offers real-time communication, tractability, and a project overview. This could result in an increase in IT spending within the construction industry, which is rather interesting since most construction managers only spend around two per cent of their budget on IT.
3. Better Safety Procedure
Most people know that construction is not the safest job in the world, even when compared with an office job. After all, the construction sector suffers way more workplace accidents and fatalities, and this knowledge has increased in an increased level of scrutiny on the industry. This has led the construction sector to develop technology to make construction sites safer and employee-friendly. New mobile apps and computer programs help the employees to know about the safety measures when they are working.
4. Additional Focus on Sustainability
Nowadays, even the most successful companies are giving importance to sustainability. This is a critical way to appeal to the millennials, and it is beneficial to the world as a whole. As a result, most of the companies, big or small alike, will depend upon focusing on sustainability. It is still important to find the best product for the job; therefore, the managers are likely to look upon the products that have ecological benefits.
5. Increase in Prefabrication and Modular Construction Projects
Prefabrication and Modular construction both have become a popular term over the last year. Both trends are energy-efficient and cost-effective, which is a friendly option at a time when most material processes are rising, or is high already. The popularity of these trends is expected to increase by the course of time in the coming years, especially for the construction of the homes. The enterprises can see a lot more permanent modular buildings in the coming days, as well as the pop-up buildings and prefabricated homes.
6. Minimal Growth
While technology is enhancing day-by-day, the demand for construction is likely to continue growing. This is due to the limited spending of both the residential and non-residential sectors, that could result in an enhanced competition.
7. Enhanced Technological Integration
Technology is one of the major factors that is pushing the change in nearly every industry, but in some ways or the other, it has been avoided by the construction industry. Although the companies are pushing it away, recent advancement and innovation have resulted in the technology that is specifically made for construction. The technologies used comprise 3D printing and drone usage. These two technologies are expected to change the construction industry by making the work environment safer and easier. Self-driving vehicles are also expected to enhance the construction sector.
Another form of technology that the construction sector can expect to observe more advancement is Building Information Modelling (BIM). This makes the collaboration of the construction even easier. Many construction companies have already implemented and used BIM technology. It makes the resource management easier, helps people stay in touch with the project throughout the project, and last but not least, it also enhances the collaboration.