The Future of Construction Technology

Construction Tech Review | Thursday, July 22, 2021

Emerging trends that will directly impact the industry include artificial intelligence development in Building Information Modeling (BIM), the rising need for BIM-based cloud collaboration, and modular construction and prefabrication.

FREMONT, CA: According to a survey, seventy-six percent of engineering and construction executives said they plan to invest in digital technology this year. Investing in cutting-edge building technology allows companies to streamline digital changes and stay ahead of the competition. These advanced technologies are revolutionizing the way the industry works and how future projects are executed.

Types of Construction Technology Influencing the Industry:

BIM Software

Because each individual and specialist area can add their component to the same model instead of being broken out onto various copies of a 2D paper model, BIM allows for improved collaboration. By automating clash identification and providing a fuller view of the project, BIM aids problem solutions during the design and planning stages of a project. In this manner, the model improves in real-time, streamlining the process and enhancing efficiency.

In India, Hong Kong, France, South Korea, Germany, and Italy, the industry is witnessing increasing government initiatives to make BIM a mandatory method for large-scale facility developments. BIM is already required for government construction projects in the United Kingdom. According to one report, emerging trends that will directly impact the industry include AI development in BIM, the rising need for BIM-based cloud collaboration, and modular construction and prefabrication.

3D Printing

As a building technology, 3D printing can alter material sourcing. Thanks to prefabrication, materials for a project can be printed and then transported to the construction site, ready to use right away. By removing unnecessary processes in the middle, one may receive materials faster and streamline the process. 3D printing allows items to be printed on-site, eliminating waste and saving money on shipping and storage. However, one of the current roadblocks to the widespread implementation of this technology is the lack of large production capacity. Although some 3D printers can print on a greater scale, they are more expensive.

Artificial Intelligence

For years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has aided construction projects by increasing safety, streamlining workflows, and completing tasks more quickly and efficiently. On the other hand, many construction firms are still navigating and learning how to implement this complicated technology within their organizations best. Some larger companies have begun to develop their own AI programs to aid in internal decision-making and operations. Others are hiring third parties, such as AI advisers and solution providers, to analyze their current procedures and find AI and machine learning adoption potential.

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