November 17, 2019

3 construction trends reshaping the industry


For the past few years, we can’t deny the fact that the construction industry has gone several changes, and there are no signs that it’s going to stop any time soon. That’s why manufacturers, project managers, business owners, and everyone involved is looking for better ways on how to meet the demands of their customers.

To help you with that, here are the top 3 construction trends that are reshaping the industry.

1. IoT Technology

The Internet of Things has been reshaping the construction industry for the past few years. As a matter of fact, construction professionals could even attest to the benefits it offers. One of which is that it gives them real-time access to information and insights related to the construction equipment, employees, and even assets.

That means interpreting of data to make informed, actionable decisions are now easier to execute. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter if it’s telematics, artificial intelligence, or something else, rest assured that with IoT, you’ll be able to improve safety, minimize downtime, increase productivity, and have a positive impact overall.

It’s also worth noting that since the construction industry is a very dynamic environment, expect that there will be a lot of movement, and this is where construction managers should pay attention to variables, such as vehicle usage, work crews, and many more.

Although today’s system could somewhat keep up with that, with IoT technology, you’ll be able to enjoy more benefits. With IoT enabled technology, such as orange safety cones, dump trucks, cranes, and other materials, everything can be closely monitored which allows coordinating the complex system to guarantee that the project would be done on time and wouldn’t go beyond the allotted budget.

Another benefit of IoT is that it also ensures job site safety. On the construction site, everything moves quickly, and large equipment is used continuously. For that reason, safety procedures are critical, and maintaining a safe work environment is the primary goal to ensure success. IoT technology could really make that happen, as it’s really one of its primary purposes.

One of the few ways on how IoT technology can ensure safety would be using sensors that are strategically placed all throughout the construction zone. These sensors would alert heavy equipment drivers in case there are orange safety cones, water mains, or work crews in the area.

On the construction site, considered to be one of the most common causes of accidents is poor communication and this can easily be prevented if the job site becomes more efficient.

2. Green Building

The sudden rise of green buildings, as well as the increase in usage of sustainable construction practices, has opened doors to better opportunities as well as an increase in demand of energy-efficient features in new structures, as well as how the new age of construction is having an impact to the environment.

For that reason, structures are now being built using environment-friendly materials. That means aside from durability, strength, and comfort, they also ensure that it’s safe for the environment. The key is, if the legislation aligned with recommended practices, then the construction industry will be able to enjoy a lot of advantages through this.

3. UAVs

For the past few years, the construction industry has been continuously investing in drones to perform dangerous tasks that humans can’t handle. These drones are equipped with high definition cameras and can access remote locations with as little effort as possible.

Aside from that, drones are proven to be very useful in performing some tasks including collecting information, conducting site inspections, gathering data about the project’s progress, and many more. Indeed, it has helped the job site positively.

Just like what has been mentioned earlier, drones are perfect for monitoring work progress on a construction site. They give construction managers the data necessary to track a project’s development, and they also ensure that the whole team would be able to keep up with the schedule and budget.

Not just that, with the help of drones, it has become easier for a construction team to verify the “as-built” project unlike how it was back in the days.

These are just some of the few reasons why experts believe that drones would really revolutionize the construction industry.