Year after year, the construction sector picks up innovations and technologies that literally lend a cutting edge to the business of building. With clock-like regularity, we see established trends fall by the wayside as new construction trends rear their heads. 2019 has shown some trends that look to continue into 2020. Here are some of the top technological trends that are all set to boost the construction scene.
BIM’s continued growth
BIM retains its position as one of last year’s frontrunners in the construction technology sweepstakes. A large part of the credit for BIM’s popularity and potential can be attributed to the evolution of a data ecosystem that’s tweaked for collaboration and is open as well. In general, BIM ushers in greater accuracy to processes and facilitates the seamless sharing of information between various stakeholders. In the times ahead, expect BIM to result in efficient and economic building projects, thanks to innovative measures that spearhead safety and sustainability.
Advanced Construction software
Software that promotes collaboration in real-time, has been around in the construction business for a while, and is poised to make further inroads in the times ahead. The role of data is acknowledged as a major factor in the pace with which construction sector is growing.
In the days ahead, the industry will become increasingly cohesive, thanks to a technical ecosystem that allows seamless exchange of data and information, among the industry frontrunners and innovators. In fact, collaborative cooperation through data exchange may well be the path that the construction business treads in the years ahead.
Combining and integrating work processes and systems on one platform will catalyse industry functioning and the way its people perform. Today, it is commonplace to mount a variety of software targeting different aspects of the business, in one location.
With the help of digital tools, construction sector professionals can effortlessly gather valuable information from different sources and process streams, and in the process, reduce the delays associated with the communication glitches between planning offices and construction sites.
Augmented reality is all set to take centerstage in the construction sector. The camera lens will take clients and prospective clients on a virtual tour of the property. Less artists’ visualisations and dummy sets. Builders and developers are now able to harness augmented reality technologies, to give buyers a feel of the property. Relatively costly at the moment, augmented reality is expected to be a stock-in-trade accessory for the building sector in the years ahead.
Cloud and mobile technology
It was barely a few years ago that most people would give a blank stare when quizzed about cloud computing. Not anymore. Cloud-based technology has come of age and is here to stay. Thanks to cloud technology, our mobile phones have become virtual powerhouses of information. Storing, accessing, and sharing enormous amounts of information has become commonplace today – at a far low cost too. This facility is sure to make cloud computing and mobile technology a favourite of the construction sector as we move forward.
Up until now, 3D goggles, Google Glass, Fitbit, and other forms of wearable technology were traditionally the preserve of fitness-minded people. But that is no longer be the case, as construction professionals adapt these items and other such products for on the job communications and monitoring of ground situations at construction sites. In fact, wearable technology products are fast becoming standard equipment for construction workers on the ground to monitor personnel data and help with health and safety on site.