The construction industry has come a long way now and has innovated many techniques and technologies to aid in construction. These technologies are shaping the entire industry.
Three advanced technologies that we will discuss in this article are considered some of the most impactful tech that has completely changed the face of the construction.
And it is also believed from many studies that these technologies are going to stay for long and will undoubtedly revolutionize the entire construction industry.
1. BIM – Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling or BIM has become very popular among the AEC industry, especially in the construction sector. BIM is actually a technology that is used by AEC - architects, engineers, and construction professionals to get insights into the construction project.
BIM provides a 3D model and pictures that the professionals can use to determine the tools and equipment, efficient plans, infrastructure design, etc.
The technology also helps the clients to visualize the look of the building, and this could be an advantage because they will get time to analyze and explore the designs or shortcomings before it is built. The process in BIM includes – a plan – design – build – operate.
Here below are some advantages of BIM in the construction industry:
- Easy collaboration and communication
- Preconstruction will minimize the expenses and save time.
- BIM models will allow estimators to focus on identifying construction assemblies and risks.
- Dramatically reduces the risk factor. (Prefabricated construction)
- Improve scheduling, safety, and overall productivity.
- Quality and secure structure building with the least errors.
These were just a few benefits that BIM technology could provide in the construction industry.
The UN has estimated that by 2050 our population will reach about 9.7 billion. That means our construction industry will have to find more efficient and smarter ways to fulfill the needs.
Surely, BIM technology will give efficiency and benefits; however, it will not be enough. This brings us to our next advanced technology that will aid the construction industry.
2. Prefabricated construction
Prefabricated construction is definitely going to be a very crucial technique in the future. It is the process where all the construction work is done in a safe manufacturing site, and then the joined components are transferred to the actual construction site for the assembly.
Due to its different modes and efficiency, prefabricated construction has become a widespread practice among many construction companies. Here below are some of the benefits that this technology contributed to the construction industry:
Financial Saving – It is one of the most significant advantages that prefabricated construction can offer. Since all the work is done off-site, limited labor will be involved, which could save labor costs. Moreover, the manufacturers often get a bulk discount from the suppliers, which again saves a lot of cost on materials.
Eco-Friendly – All the work is done off-site, which means there will be no wastage of material. And since all the construction is done inside a factory, the leftover waste could be recycled in house and save it for the next project.
Saves time – The construction time is significantly shortened when opting for prefabricated construction. This is because of proper upfront planning, no disturbance in the construction area, limited labor, etc.
Safety – In traditional construction, there is a lot of exposure to risks such as weather, slippery surface, sharp equipment, extra people are working on a limited platform, etc. However, in prefabricated construction, everything is done in a much safer environment, which gives safety to the workers and maintains the efficiency and overall productivity.
3. Construction Robots
There is no doubt in saying that construction robots will significantly shape the future of the construction industry.
This is because involving robotic machines in the construction site not only saves time but also provides a much better quality of construction.
Robotic machines such as an exoskeleton, 3D printing robots, demolition robots, self-driving vehicles, etc. are much used by many construction companies. And this is because it provides the following advantages:
Increase safety – One of the biggest reasons for introducing robotic machines into the construction sector is to increase the safety ofall the workers and technicians. These machines are designed to detect any potential risk that could lead to an accident.
Moreover, these are remotely controlled, which means it could be used in places where the situation is extreme and will require any us of Orion flares, for example.
High Precision – Robotics machines ensure accuracy and help the engineers to figure out any unnecessary elements that could affect the quality of the structure.
Saves Resources – Robotics machines in construction can save materials, costs, and time by giving accurate data of the construction project. This will help the workers to complete the tasks much faster with minimal wastage.
Advanced Technologies Will Continue To Improve Construction Sites
The construction industry has been introducing many technologies for several years. However, the three techniques – BIM, prefabricated construction, and construction robots are among some techniques that are revolutionizing the future of the construction industry.