Top 5 construction industry trends to expect in 2018
The construction industry often favours tried and tested methods, but to evolve, keep ahead of the competition and future-proof your business, it is important to stay up to date with industry trends. With technology progressing rapidly, 2018 is set to be a year in which making use of tech in construction can revolutionise old processes and improve productivity. Understandably, technology plays a role in many of the construction trends which are set to emerge this year. Let’s take a look at five of the biggest trends to keep an eye on in 2018.
- 1. Advances in technology being used in construction methods
- 2. Modular and prefab construction projects
- 3. Building Information Modeling (BIM)
- 4. Safety procedures
- 5. Green buildings
1. Advances in technology being used in construction methods
Technology has the potential to change a whole host of current methods and jobs in the construction industry, improving productivity and efficiency. Exciting new developments could see:
- • 3D printing becoming more widespread, allowing a variety of components and complex parts to be manufactured cheaper and faster
- • Drones offering a unique, efficient way to map, monitor and inspect construction sites
- • Virtual reality (VR) providing an innovative way to present how a building will look when completed, with clients able to do a virtual walkthrough of a space
2. Modular and prefab construction projects
Modular and prefabricated building has been on the up and this is set to continue in 2018. As well as the attraction of lower production costs, the speed in which such buildings can be put together, without compromising on quality, is very advantageous. Modular and prefabricated structures have caught the attention of designers too, meaning that old, somewhat negative, stereotypes of such buildings no longer apply; these can be stylish, innovative, quality assured structures.
3. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing building planning
BIM is a process whereby digital representations of places and their characteristics can be generated and managed. In construction, these models can be contributed to and updated by all the relevant workers that have input: architects, surveyors, engineers and contractors, to name but a few. This allows a building to be virtually constructed and alterations to be made before physical construction commences. For example, improvements to safety, resolution of conflicting information and revisions to product delivery schedules can all be carried out to enable a smooth-running, cost efficient project.
4. Improvements in safety procedures
Working in the construction industry comes with the risk of many types of workplace accidents. Although construction work is inherently more dangerous than some other industries, there is a lot which can be done to improve safety. Health and safety has been a factor for concern for years now and this is set to continue. With new technologies – such as safety apps and wearable tech – analysing and improving site safety, we will hopefully see improvements in 2018.
5. Growing trend for green buildings
The focus on environmentally friendly products and sustainability – often driven by consumer interest – has not passed the construction industry by.
As well as creating energy efficient, sustainable buildings, there is great interest in making and sourcing eco-friendly building materials and using more environmentally friendly construction methods.
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