5 Advanced Construction Technology Trends for 2020 & Beyond

Due to significant
advancement in technologies, people involved in the construction industry have
enjoyed its fruits and made the onsite as well as offsite work more convenient
and easy. Some notable technologies like drones, delineators, mobile technologies, Artificial Intelligence can easily take
away the credits for the advancements.

However, in 2020 or in
the upcoming year, there are more ambitious projects by people working in the
construction industry. There are some really advanced and powerful technologies
that we will be using in 2020 or in the future.

In order to help you
give a taste of these technologies, we have dived deep into this industry and
found five advanced technologies trends that can see in 2020 or in the near
future. So, now without further ado, let’s get into the list.

Technologies Trends
in the Construction Industry

#1. Virtual and
Augment reality.

These technologies
have already made a significant impact on the construction industry and have
become a valuable tool for end-users and the project teams.

With the help of VR
(Virtual reality), the viewers, contractor, or the designers have successfully
created complicated buildings. Moreover, the project teams can detect any early
signs of errors and can redesign the whole structure without actually starting
the entire process.

There could be a range
of errors in the construction industry, be it in HVAC system design or
searching for missing elements that may have been overlooked in the
designing phase
, and this is where VR
and AR are greatly coming into play. Here are some aspects of construction
where these technologies can provide an aid:

  • It helps to innovate and improve BIM visualization.
  • It helps to see through walls – for service engineers
    and maintenance workers.
  • AR & VR provides a record of the building, and this
    allows the clients to explore the designs before construction.
  • Easy to make a 3D model of the structure and building.

To the date, designers
and architects have smartly used the gesture interfacing and interactive design
applications to enhance the designing of the buildings greatly. In the future,
this technology is definitely going to influence the construction industry and
will expand its use even further.

#2. Robotics

The successful
applications of robotics in the construction industry could improve efficiency,
safety, and productivity. In the last few years, this technology has seen a
further iteration of track laying robots, bricks putting robots, and even
robots that are capable of tying rebar.

Many believed the
machines and robots are little science frictions and do not recognize their
true potential until they utilized it.

The cost and
credibility can be significant challenges for entry, but once these
technologies are in the industry, the results – more efficiency in work, less
labor requirement, more safety onsite, and increase in total productivity.

In the future, every
construction site will have the robotics installed because, in past years,
people have noticed and aspired for this incredible technology.

#3. 3D Printing

The use of 3D printing
technology to produce physical objects is really advancing significantly in the
construction industry, and over the last few years, 3D printing is being
utilized at all levels of scale.

Accurate digital design information allows this technology to be used for everything – from component
manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and scale modeling – to full-scale printing
of bridges components and houses.

It has been reported
that 3D printing is becoming so advanced that scientists are considering it to
build a human habitation on Mars.

#4. Advanced
Material Technology

New technologies have
entered into the construction sector, which has enabled further research and
development. Due to this, even the construction materials are advancing at a
very high rate.

In the last few years,
there have been many innovations in this industry; some of the advanced
materials are:

  1. Self-healing concrete
  2. kinetic paving
  3. 4D-printed structures
  4. Smog eating concrete
  5. Translucent wood
  6. Carbon fiber
  7. SendiTiles
  8. Electrified Wood.
  9. Flexicomb
  10. Richlite
  11. Liquid Granite
  12. Bendable Concrete
  13. Concrete Canvas
  14. Transparent Aluminium

#5. Exoskeletons

Exoskeletons are a
technology that has been advertised for its potential to make construction more
comfortable, convenient, and altogether efficient. Like many other technologies
on this list, exoskeletons may sound more like the stuff of science fiction
than a credible, real-world machine.

The wearable
mechanical suit is also known as exosuit. These suits are built in such a way
that workers can wear them over the clothing to help them lift heavy equipment,
supplies, or machinery. The exoskeleton can help to ease the work and reduce
the number of injuries on the construction site.

More than 40 companies
are now manufacturing this robotic frame worldwide, so there are chances that
this year or maybe in future we will see these suits on the construction site.