The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that spending on construction annually hovers around $1.3 trillion. Considering private construction accounts for an overwhelmingly large percentage of that number, we’d say the business of building is booming.
And as spending trends on construction continue to steadily increase, new and innovative advancements in construction technology continue to evolve. These advancements improve the safety for construction workers, the quality of the projects for clients, and the efficiency of the projects for the contractors.
Keep reading as we go over the five most exciting advances in construction technology in 2019.
5. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Tools
While fans of video games have long understood the fascination with virtual reality, the construction industry is now really finding use in what was once considered pure entertainment. Virtual reality tools allow for the real-time comparison of 3D models of projects to the actual physical spaces. This is great for construction project stakeholders who want to do virtual walkthroughs.
These virtual and augmented reality tools have also been credited with reducing construction rework and increasing site safety.
4. RFID Tags
It’s becoming progressively more popular to include something called RFID Tags into employees’ hard hats. The technology of the tags allows contractors to monitor employees and determine their whereabouts.
While on the surface it may sound like a tool for contractors to play “Big Brother”, it becomes useful should a labor dispute arise and proof be needed to verify employee hours.
Drones have been a huge benefit to the construction industry. Not only has the technology of drones helped contractors prevent expensive mistakes, but it’s also improved the safety on sites and mitigated risks.
Contractors have also used drones as a way to keep stakeholders routinely in the loop when it comes to projects. Stakeholders no longer have to regularly play the guessing game when it comes to updates.
2. Eco-Friendly Ductile Cementitious Composite (EDCC)
Eco-Friendly Ductile Cementitious Composite is growing in the industry. It’s essentially a spray that is placed on concrete walls to reinforce them and improve their resistance to earthquakes up to a 9.1 magnitude.
EDCC is a great resource for those builders on the west coast.
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1. Predictive Analytics
There are currently predictive analytic systems that combine statistics, data mining, machine learning, modeling, and artificial intelligence to provide insight into potential safety concerns, budgeting outlooks, and scheduling for a specific project.
Proactive problem solving is a trend in the industry that we predict will be around for a while.
The Growing Boom of Construction Technology
As technology continues to evolve, the construction industry continues to benefit. While we only listed five exciting advances, there are countless more.
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