With the rapid innovations brought about by digital transformation, the construction sector has had much to gain in terms of process and development.
Updates involving artificial intelligence augmented reality, and data processing, for example, are likely to contribute to the excellent performance of the construction sector in the coming years.
What are some of the trends to be on the lookout for in the construction industry? Below 3 Construction tech trends to watch In 2021 and beyond that are likely to have an impact.
1. Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented reality is already present at the construction site and is a trend that will continue to grow in the coming years. This technological tool came to replace the way we present projects to our clients by allowing the blending between virtual elements and the real world.
Models and printed copies do not provide the experience that AR provides by making projects more tangible and with a perspective reading that is much easier to be understood. There are already some Augmented Reality application options aimed at the civil construction market in free and paid versions.
Investing in Augmented Reality is putting the customer’s experience as a priority so that it is satisfactory from the initial contact until after delivery of the work. It is an immersive experience that will undoubtedly delight everyone.
Among the benefits of AR are a reduction of risks and unforeseen events at the construction site and increased productivity throughout the construction cycle. The traffic cone is also an important asset that is used in the construction sector.
2. Automation of Construction Sites
If there’s one word that sums up job site automation, it’s without a doubt: integration. Automation of the construction site is relevant because it manages to bring the office to the construction site.
One of the significant impasses between the construction site and the project office is communication, as it is a difficult task to ensure that the information is in sync, and thus the teams develop their functions without contradictory information.
Good automation of the construction site has the immediate impact of good management of the teams involved, resulting in risk reduction and real-time information between the office and the construction site.
In the digital construction market, we can already do this through applications for photos, videos, and daily reports, helping to map workflows, thus resulting in cost optimization, task management, meeting deadlines, and organizing work plans in a construction site.
3. Modular Construction
Although precast are not a current technology, they only became popular a short time ago. Some companies working in the construction industry already use the precast system, but in 2021 and beyond, this movement will tend to advance on a large scale.
This is because the pieces in these molds are produced at a higher speed and can still be assembled as if they were a lego piece, that is, giving incredible dynamism to works that could take months or years.
This movement helps construction companies to change locations or quickly renovate their establishments in case there is an injection of capital. With modular construction, it is possible to carry out several works on-site at the same time, thus saving time, resources with employees and machinery.
In addition, the use of precast elements in constructions makes it possible to further promote the sustainability of the work, as it generates less debris and material waste.
The civil construction sector and other sectors existing in the age of technology undergo rapid changes on a daily basis.
To take advantage of the wave of innovations, it is necessary to be up-to-date on the types of information technology and intelligence that are already available and their applicability within the context of construction.
Some trends stand out among the others, and some are still new. However, they will not take that long before they are adopted by builders and entrepreneurs because they are beneficial financially and in terms of productivity, efficiency and safety.
New trends in civil construction behave in the same way as in other areas: in the beginning, there are few who use it, which means that the prominence that its adoption will bring is even greater. After a few years (or even months), the novelty is not so great.