As the construction industry moves on from an eventful 2023 towards a promising next year, many are expecting more developments in the technology that support the advancement of the field. From AI-driven project management and new and innovative systems in construction operations, down to the invention and the utilization of better sustainable materials, the construction industry is witnessing groundbreaking changes that are posed to redefine how we build our world. In this article, we will feature 10 of the construction technologies that will dominate the upcoming year of 2024.
10 Trends in Construction Technology in 2024
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1. Construction Management Software
CMS, or construction management software, is a cloud-based software that improves efficiency, reduces costs, and improves communication between all parties involved. This software is expected to take a leap in 2024, as it helps construction teams manage a project’s scheduling, planning, documentation, and communication.
2. Building Information Modelling
BIM, or Building Information Modeling uses 3D or three-dimensional models to visualize a building’s construction, design, and operation. These are created using software that allows engineers and architects to collaborate and share information on a project.
3. UAVs and Drones
The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Drones in the construction industry remains in its early stages but will continue to grow rapidly in the coming years. These devices can be used for site surveying and mapping, inspections, delivery, and 3D modeling.
4. Zero Net Energy Building
These kinds of buildings produce as much energy as they need for over a year. These kinds of buildings have become increasingly popular, and are projected to become a trend in the UK.
5. 3D Printing
3D printers are able to create three-dimensional objects from a digital file, making the need for traditional bricks and mortar. This innovation has already been used to create various construction projects and has been proven to reduce waste and improve efficiency.
6. Robotics and Automation
Robotics and automation solve the problem of the shortage of skilled workers and reduce costs. These can also automate both repetitive and dangerous tasks, such as welding and bricklaying.
7. Integration of Renewable Energy
The integration of renewable energy is expected to trend in the forthcoming year. Construction experts are using solar panels, wind turbines, or geothermal systems to power, heat, and cool buildings.
8. Offsite Construction
This kind of construction involves building structures in a factory or other controlled sites before transporting them to the construction site for assembly. This method is faster, more efficient, and improves safety.
9. Connected Construction Sites
This method uses a network of devices, sensors, and software to connect data, people, and equipment. This is expected to trend in the forthcoming year, as it allows real-time communication and collaboration — improving safety and productivity.
10. Advanced Safety Technology
Being one of the most dangerous industries in the world, the construction industry has a fatality rate three times higher than the national average. Because of this, technologies such as virtual and augmented reality, wearables, and AI are expected to trend to improve safety.
The Future Is Technological
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From groundbreaking 3D printing advancements to the adoption of renewable and sustainable materials, the construction industry in 2024 is riding a wave of technological innovation. With sustainability at its core, construction tech isn’t just about building infrastructures– it’s about reshaping the future of infrastructure. As the industry continues to evolve with these trends, processes will experience a positive impact on efficiency, safety, and environmental consciousness for the benefit of all. Embracing these advancements isn’t merely an option but a necessity for any construction business that plans on staying competitive and meeting the demands of a changing world.
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