Four Commercial Construction Technology Trends
Technological advances have driven the commercial construction industry forward with communication and engineering improvements. However, the question that must be asked is, is it worth the workers and equipment to apply it to this new technology? Here are some thoughts to consider:
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3-D printing in the construction industry is already being demonstrated worldwide from 3-D printed single-family homes to the first 3-D printed excavator. It’s predicted that this technology trend could lead to less conventional building practices because it offers alternatives to modular construction, on-site manufacturing of building materials, and offers the ability to create parts, tools and even complete machines, on-demand. However, this technology comes with its drawbacks. The printers aren’t very cost-effective and require robotics specialists to operate. It must also be weighed whether or not 3-D printing material is better for certain jobs and applications than traditional material.
A growing number of construction firms are harnessing the power of virtual reality to transform their plans and structural layouts from a standard two-dimensional page into an interactive world. This technology allows owners to walk through projects and experience key elements of the design before construction.
The use of drones in the commercial construction industry is another up-and-coming trend. Drones can be extremely useful by providing real-time aerial views in monitoring the progress of projects. The technology has also proven extremely beneficial to earthmovers when reviewing grading efficiency.
Smartphones allow construction supervisors, estimators, and others to share project data via email, Dropbox, and a variety of other methods, improving communication and responsiveness.