The construction industry is experiencing a growth, not only in building and construction, but building technologies are growing and getting smarter too.From innovative construction methods to better decision-making systems and software, projects are getting smarter. Given the rapid development of growth and emerging construction opportunities, commercial owners are demanding faster projects, lower costs and better buildings.
Let’s take a look at the latest trends that are improving and shaping the construction industry for 2017.
Architectural models have usually consisted of 2D drawings to visualise the project however instead of 2D drawings there are now detailed 3D BIM modelling. 3D computer designs using building information modelling (BIM) are becoming the norm, providing owners with better visualisations. 3D BIM Modelling is not just limited to designers and engineers, subcontractors, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, ductwork, steel work and more can all use this 3D computer design.
Cost and schedule modelling
More and more design firms are adopting 5D Macro BIM in the early stages of design. These models show owners how early design concepts affect cost, schedule and constructability, allowing them to evaluate large-scale options and make informed decisions.
Construction company’s’ are starting to pre-fabricate building elements off-site subsequently leaving contractors to deliver multiple project elements at the same time to streamline schedules and speed up the projects.
While subcontractors pre-fabricate walls off-site, a contractor pours the foundation. Combining pre-fabrication with 3D BIM, project teams avoid potential conflicts regarding the use of building space.
Energy-saving building systems
Building firms are bringing energy-efficiency into the early design and construction process. Builders, owners and architects have opportunities to see how different energy-efficient solutions affect a build.
With the use of Life Cycle Cost Analyses and Sustainable Return on Investment (SROI) reports, owners can make informed decisions to achieve a higher ROI and overall building value with green construction.
Commercial buildings are becoming more connected with systems that provide data monitoring and remote access. Technologies are emerging to allow owners to not only track their facility’s systems but also automate them.
For example, a lighting centre can be set to automatically turn on in specific zones and turn off when not in use, delivering significant energy savings to owners.
Mobile technology and information on jobsites
Construction teams are using mobile devices to file reports and share information on jobsites, streamlining the construction process (meaning you don’t have to be in the office to do an office job).
Using custom applications on mobile devices, the project team has instant answers to questions that would have previously slowed down a project with trips to jobsite trailers for plan evaluations or calls to the architect.
The use of this technology reduces costs while improving the reliability of reports and jobsite documentation.
Robotic automation (maybe a long way off, but its coming)
We all know that some jobs in construction involve repetitive manual labour – this can now be done by robots believe it or not. Robots and automated technology are emerging to handle certain tasks, such as masonry and brick laying. Don’t worry skilled workers will oversee and work in conjunction with the new robot technology. Futuristic? Yes! But it’s coming.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are small devices with an on-board camera that takes stills or sends video to a live feed. Some can be piloted from an iPad, iPhone or Android device.
Drones can aid in remote jobsite monitoring, inspections and safer evaluations of hard-to-reach areas, such as 80 feet up a building or underneath a bridge.
Enhanced jobsite safety
As technology moves workers further and further away from dangerous tasks, construction projects should get safer. Each year, workers die and sustain injuries from preventable jobsite accidents. It’s one of the biggest problems in construction. The industry already has well-established safety practices, and combined with technology, jobs should be less dangerous.
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