Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the world, many sectors were forced to reimagine and come up with different approaches to doing work. Some factors that are affecting the construction industry are the growing costs of construction and the shortage of qualified labor. As a result, the construction industry has been forced to innovate new competitive ideas. The regulations that govern the construction industry continue to be a stricter day in and day out to enhance the safety of construction workplaces.
Throughout 2020, COVID-19 had a nearly complete overhaul of the way construction business is done, the closing of projects, and scheduling. Thus, many construction businesses are leveraging new technology to increase the chances of winning projects and broaden their revenue base. New trends are transforming the roles played by frontline workers and industry professionals. The construction industry now has stiff competition in a bid to attract big projects. In this article, you’ll learn some trends that you’re bound to see in the building and construction industry in 2021 and beyond:
- Growing Interest In Rented And Used Machinery
There seems to be more preference to rent or buy the used equipment rather than purchasing new ones. Since some of this equipment is very expensive, construction industries are opting for these renting growing trends in a move to reduce costs and keep up with the latest technological advancements in the construction industry. Renting also allows construction managers to evaluate whether such machines can feasibly deliver the intended payoffs. Once a sound evaluation has been done, the company can now decide whether to purchase them.
Among the pieces of equipment that you can opt to rent are concrete mixers. Proprietors behind this service serve and support the ready-mix and construction markets. You can have your concrete mixed from a different site and brought to your construction site. This is also referred to as the ready-mix which blends your cement, aggregates, and water. There are three categories of ready mixed concrete: transit mixed concrete, central concrete, and shrink concrete.
To enhance service delivery and work on megaprojects, the construction industry is leveraging high-tech robotics. Collaborative robots also called cobots are mostly used to provide the plug-and-play setup concept because they are manufactured to be mobile rather than be fixed. Robots are integral in helping your project to remain on schedule and within your budget. Besides, when planning to get robots for your construction, research which ones are efficient with labor-intensive and time-consuming tasks.
- Construction Drones
It’s estimated that drone use in the construction industry is one of the fasted growing trends in the past few years. Drones are used to map large areas across long distances and produce thermal images and aerial heat maps. Drones use advanced software that produces actionable and real-time data useful for quick decision-making and streamlining the whole construction process.
You can use drones to inspect and supervise your construction projects and provide security to equipment from theft. Drones can help you cut labor costs and keep your projects on schedule.
- Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented reality (AR) is intensely used to do project-staging, and design pre-constructed projects for your tenants and buyers. If you’re a builder or a developer, AR can avail you the use of 360-degree video and wearable technology for:
- Automated building measuring.
- Hazard simulations and safety training.
- Visualizing your 3D projects within their surroundings.
- Simulating structural and architectural changes.
Construction work can be strenuous which can have adverse effects on your workers. This has necessitated the use of exoskeletons by some managers in their jobs. You can provide your workers with power gloves that help to strengthen grip and dexterity, especially in drilling tasks. For very labor-intensive tasks that engage your entire body, you can use full-body suit exoskeletons. Some industrial-use exoskeletons are designed to amplify your strength by twenty times. It’s believed that in Japan, people who have retired are using exoskeletons to continue working.
- Mobile Access Of Remote Worksites
Numerous applications are now in use to allow you to access your worksites, which enables you to perform on-site accountability, real-time inspections, and take accurate measurements. These apps also allow collaboration between teams, where you can have online meetings and exchange relevant data. You can also use mobile apps for asset management and measuring assistants.
The construction and building industry is rapidly growing as more people are getting involved in property investment while the sector is going through an evolution. Much of the trends that are affecting this sector are technological. To keep up with these trends, you need to plan and budget for it as it comes with financial costs. However, to improve on service delivery, you can leverage these trends such as using a mobile app for your company to have remote access, use of exoskeletons, robotics, drones, and augmented reality (AR).