How Will Technology Change the Construction Industry?

How Will Technology Change the Construction Industry?

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How Will Technology Change the Construction Industry?

Much like other industries, the construction industry is in a constant state of change. While some practices remain the same for decades, others are evolving annually. And many construction companies are wondering what the next few years hold. How will the emerging technologies that are already disrupting other industries change construction? We will assess some of the ways that we expect construction to change (and stay in the same) in the coming years.

3D Printing and Construction

One of the most interesting changes that we could see in the coming half decade is the interlink between 3D printing and the construction industry. While we are not going to see 3D printing take over for the local asphalt paving contractor in Hudsonville, it will have an impact.

We recently heard about a project in the Netherlands where they are attempting to print multiple houses using a giant 3D printer near the city of Eindhoven. It is fascinating to see how such a project would evolve in the next couple years. If it is successful, there is no doubt that other people would be curious about the way that 3D printing can impact construction projects.

There is also a research team in the United States that is looking into the possibility of 3D printing materials that are used on construction sites. While it is unlikely that such materials would replace concrete and other such items en mass, there maybe niche projects where 3D printed construction materials are used in a few years.

Computer Modeling

It is incredible how far we have come with computer modeling. While construction projects have involved computer models for the past decade, it has become a lot more advanced.

There are computer programs capable of creating an interactive model of a proposed building. Such models are not just a 3D look at how the building appears on the outside. These models are also able to showcase the different features of the building on the inside. It is possible to model the pipe systems, wires, internet connectivity and more.

Having access to such advanced modeling is a great benefit to construction companies. But it also means changing practices and learning new skills. The companies that are able to integrate such software into their operations will offer their business partners a far better experience.

New Standards

Every part of the construction industry will be impacted by new standards. Whether it is improving worker safety, going green or being more efficient, new standards are beneficial to both companies and consumers.

For instance, if an asphalt paving contractor in Hudsonville starts to use a cooler mix, it can help both parties. Such cooler mixes are said to be a little cheaper to produce. And the cooler mix often has a much weaker smell, as compared to the hot mix. So the customer would benefit from having less odor during the work period. The asphalt paving company in Hudsonville benefits as they are spending less on the process of paving an asphalt driveway or walkway.

New tech is disruptive in its nature. Construction companies just have to ensure they are finding the right balance between their existing methods and new standards. Those companies that are able to find the best balance will succeed in the next five to ten years.