Construction Tech Trends for 2018
As the construction tech industry continues to change and innovate, we look at the top trends in construction tech. How are these advances going to impact on the industry, and what trends do you need to keep an eye out for. We take a look at some of the top tech trends in the industry.
Virtual Reality and Augmented reality
VR and AR is helping project teams visualize important data, stages of construction, and accurately display site specifications.
VR creates an immersive environment through the use of a headset or 360 room. It helps contractors, designers, and end users step into buildings during key stages of construction or to visualise it in a completed state.
AR provides a graphic layer to our real-world view, offering a wide array of data to site personnel. AR can display design information, specifications, statistics on productivity, and areas of health and safety risk.
The adoption of drones to survey construction sites are becoming more common. Drones can dramatically reduce the time and resources needed for photogrammetry and mapping, allowing the detailed survey of a construction site to be done safely and quickly.
Drones can also be used to conduct health and safety inspections, progress reporting, and to accurately capture data over large or hazardous site areas.
As scientists continue to develop a range of advanced materials to help the construction industry save time, reduce costs, and reduce the time needed for maintenance, we will see the development of more ‘smart’ construction materials.
An example is the ‘self healing concrete’ that embeds self-activating, limestone-producing bacteria into building material. It is designed to decrease the amount of new concrete produced and the costs associated with maintenance and repair.
Modular construction can help construction projects deliver quality builds in a safe and timely manner. Modular construction is the development of a building structure or component off-site. This allows construction companies to easily inspect the quality before installation, and have more time to complete more conventional on-site components of the build.
This technique has been exemplified with bathroom units and even hotel rooms that are built off-site and installed into the structure of the building, ready to go. It saves teams time, reduces risk, and allows for more certainty around costing.
Easily adoptable technology
As construction companies continue to adapt and take on new technologies, the key will be in how these new technologies can be easily adopted on site, and how it can solve productivity issues for the industry. The impact of adopting new technology to change outdated processes can help increase your reputation and profit margins.
How Conqa can help you
At Conqa we make it easy to get your team setup and trained in our simple QA software. Through tailored on site training by our Customer Success team, and on-going proactive support (email, phone, or live chat), you have all you need to ensure the successful integration of new technology on your project. We believe that Quality Assurance can be an informative look at how a project is progressing, helping you improve the bottom line and reduce inefficiencies.