The construction industry has always been a big part of the world economy. While the construction industry hasn’t always been very accepting to change, the rise of technological advancements is helping it transform and evolve quickly. From the first invention of stone wheels to drones, robots, and 3D printing, technology has played a vital role in making construction easier, faster, convenient and more efficient. 

Recently, we have developed many innovative construction technologies which are changing building methods. In the future, there will be more construction technologies which will have a major impact on the future of the construction industry. 

Currently, construction companies can finish projects at a much faster rate and much more efficiently than ever before. In the future, there will be a demand for newer construction technologies which will make things easier and far more convenient. The future construction tech will help with sustainability, faster connection and accuracy. 

The technology in the future will see greater adoption as construction leaders continue to deal with enhancing productivity, getting rid of inefficiencies and adapting to younger workers. Technological advancements in construction bring many benefits to your current and future processes. 

Following are six technological advancements that’ll heavily impact how the industry operates, and future projects will be accomplished. 

  1. Data Collection Apps

The usage of apps and softwares in construction is becoming more and more common, and the reason is quite obvious as the portability of smartphones and tablets helps workers with better communication and the flexibility to work from anywhere. Data collection apps specifically are helping construction companies the most with gathering higher quality data faster from the jobsite. Blending this technology into your current processes is straightforward and only requires a small upfront investment while still giving major benefits such as:

Saving significant time and reducing data entry errors. Data collection app users have stated that more than twenty administrative and field hours have been saved each week, and data entry errors have been 50% reduced.

Workflows have been enhanced. Data collection workflows can be automated, so submitting one form triggers another one to be sent. This continues until a particular task has been finished with all important signoffs and gathered data. Some data collection apps also offer mobile forms so your team can submit them on their tablets, smartphones or desktops. 

Improved safety compliance. Data collection apps can make everything easier and more convenient, from daily equipment inspections to near-miss reporting to a comprehensive job safety analysis. 

Instant reporting. If you need regular job reports, turn-around on client deliveries or quick access to legal documents, any of these things and much more will be easier with a data collection app. A data collection app helps you with streamlined reporting. You can also customize your reports easily depending on your business requirements.

  1. Building Information Modeling & Digital Twins

Building information modeling (BIM) incorporates digital representations of a building’s functional and physical aspects, leading to much better collaboration during the construction and designing of projects. Besides its use as a collaborative design tool, BIM is used in prefabrication, takeoff, planning, estimating, class detection and scheduling by contractors. 

BIM helps contractors understand a project’s scope and design intent much better due to additional data and 3D modeling of the models. It also helps estimators by generating exact quantities of all the building components and materials required on a project for correct estimates and takeoffs. BIM also can automate clash detection during designing or before the start of construction which leads to elimination or a huge reduction of change in orders. 

Changes are made in a shared BIM model in real-time, allowing updates to communicate to all project members immediately. This allows everyone to work with the most updated information. Construction schedules can also be simulated with BIM. This creates a visual representation of the construction process to plan each phase of construction. 

BIM is one of those technologies that not only have several advantages on its own, but it’s one of the foundations that power other construction technologies such as digital twins, scheduling software and Artificial Intelligence. Due to this and the need for remote collaboration and better efficiencies, BIM will continue to remain strong in the future. 

Digital twin technology is a concept that makes a virtual model of a building with the help of sensors and drones and uses IoT to collect data on a building that has finished construction or is undergoing building. The collected data is then processed using AI software, machine learning and advanced analytics to make a virtual model and continue to learn from the actual building. This can help improve project scheduling, build operation systems, and create data-rich as-built once the project finishes. 

  1. Drones

Drones are one of the most common and widely used construction technology in the recent years. They can do site surveys much more quickly, accurately and easily compared to a crew on the ground. Drones are also much more affordable than aerial imaging. The high-resolution cameras of drones and the data that has been collected can make interactive 3D or topographical models and maps and also take volume measurements. 

Another advantage which comes with using drones is that hard to reach areas such as bridges and tall buildings get easier to inspect. You can also use drones to monitor the progress on a jobsite and check on the people working there. 

  1. 3D Printing

3D printing as construction technology can change material sourcing. For prefabrication, materials for a project are printed and transported to the jobsite and are ready for use. This allows you to acquire materials at a much faster rate.

3d printing also allows you to print materials right on-site. It reduces waste and saves on storage and transportation costs. However, one challenge with adopting this technology is limitations when it comes to mass producing items. There are 3D printers that can produce on a large scale, but they’re generally expensive. 

  1. Artificial Intelligence

For many years, artificial intelligence (AI) has given vast loads of benefits to construction technology with improved workflows, increase in safety, and accomplishing jobs quicker and more efficiently. However, several construction companies continue to navigate and understand how to apply this complicated technology in the best possible way within their organization. 

Certain bigger firms have started to make their own AI programs to help with their operations and decision-making processes, while others depend on third parties like solution providers and AI advisors to audit their ongoing processes and identify AI opportunities. 

  1. Virtual Reality

Virtual reality tech is usually used with BIM to learn about complicated projects better. With virtual reality and BIM, you’re able to make a building design with BIM and then can walk into it with the help of Virtual reality. This will give your clients and team a much more realistic idea of what the project will be like once it’s finished. With virtual reality, you have a much more complete grasp of the project before it starts, giving you opportunities to avoid big expensive changes in orders. 

Summary

Construction technology has always improved as time went on, but the pandemic specifically advanced construction technology to a level we wouldn’t have gotten before. Technology is now a big part of the construction, and it will advance year after year, making construction more productive and convenient.