Innovation and Technology in the Construction Industry

Innovation and Technology in the Construction Industry

No industry can afford to stand still, yet there is a common misconception that the construction industry is lagging behind in terms of innovation. While there are always going to be the dinosaurs of the industry, and a lot of traditional methods can still achieve sufficient results for clients, this opinion is one that is simply untrue.

The 21st century is bringing with it a raft of challenges, and the construction industry is rising to meet them with innovation and technology. From major commercial projects to simple bathroom renovations, the construction industry is implementing a range of ideas and utilising technology to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Modular construction principles

The construction industry is increasingly adopting modular construction principles and processes in major construction projects, and the advantages of this are very real. Whether employed in the construction of a state-of-the-art bathroom pod or putting together the walls of a hospital, modular construction principles are being used to save time, effort, and a considerable amount of money when all is said and done.

The principles of modular construction really come to the fore with larger construction projects like commercial buildings, hospitals, and schools where separate elements of the final product are constructed offsite in accordance to standard building practices and then brought to the site and implemented into the final project. Buildings designed with modular construction principles also have the added advantage of being easier to repair, particularly for partial damages when a new element can be simply ordered in and installed rather than repaired entirely. The advantages of employing this technological innovation in the construction industry are obvious and here to stay.

3D printing

It’s strange how that even as new, mind-blowing projects driven by this technology are announced almost daily, it still seems as though the world has barely scratched the surface of what is truly possible through the implementation of 3D printing. And this goes beyond printing bionic arms and automobile parts. 3D printing technology provides similarly exciting possibilities for construction across the board, from simple bathroom redesign renovations to large scale commercial projects.

3D printing has the potential to streamline numerous labour intensive elements of the construction process, and lets them achieve a level of reliable precision with minimum fuss. If implemented correctly, 3D printing technology can stand to save project managers time, money, and a significant amount of effort with possibilities including wax moulds for precast concrete. 3D printing allows for a level of precision in your work, to cut down on waste and deliver projects on budget.

Computing power

For better or worse, it certainly seems as though the days of spreading an indecipherable blueprint over the bonnet of your ute at the start of your commercial building project are coming to an end. Life has never been easier for site managers, who can now upload, scan, and analyse huge amounts of data on the spot, particularly useful when you’re tracking the progress of your construction project.

Grand scale commercial construction projects will be where the advantages of an increase in computing power are more obvious, with the separate elements and stages of these projects design and construction much easier to discern for workers, managers, and clients. Subcontractors can also easily determine where they need to install equipment, structural elements, and different parts of the design. Computing power is delivering a range of innovations across the board, and is set to become a huge factor in the development of the construction industry.

Additional innovations

Innovations in and outside the industry ensure the coming years in construction will be quite an exciting place to be operating. The development and implementation of drone technology makes the possibility of remote surveying a serious one, and represents a potentially huge amount of saved time. Cloud computing ensures huge amounts of data can be transferred and saved without the huge amount of time and effort traditionally associated with transferring this. There are also reduced costs and the reduction of areas that is associated with the implementation of this technology. Another thing to definitely consider is the potential innovations that can be achieved by combining these technologies together, to achieve huge results for your clients and make some serious headway in larger scale commercial building projects.

Whether you’re making simple bathroom renovations or building a huge commercial project, it’s important to consider and perhaps factor in the large range of innovations available to people working in the construction industry today. Managers need to consider the potential advantages that come with incorporating these technologies into their projects, to deliver the same result without the expenditure of time, money, and stress. If the construction industry chooses to ignore these innovations, it risks being left behind to suffer as other industries continue to create and evolve.