The engineering and construction industry has made significant progress since the recession of 2020, but it has also faced several obstacles that are likely to continue. The industry appears to be positioned to grasp potential growth in 2022, which should be another rewarding—but challenging—year.

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The year 2022 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for worldwide trends in the construction industry. 

Here are six (6) trends to monitor, all of which will impact the construction sector and its workforce.

 

1. Construction Drones

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Drones are still one of the fastest-growing trends in the construction business, with utilization up 239 percent year over year. Aerial photography for real estate and business purposes is only one of the many applications for this innovative technology.

Personal safety and losing construction equipment continue to be the most significant risks in the industry. Drones can undertake jobs that require scaling super tall structures in place of human personnel to avoid injury. We can use drones as on-site security equipment to cut labor expenses and reduce the danger of theft, keeping projects on track and reducing delays.

Drones can also rapidly map extensive areas across long ranges using aerial heat maps and thermal pictures. Real-time data from drones can make speedy decisions, accelerating the entire construction process even further.

 

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2. Modular and Offsite Construction

A multiyear surge in modular and prefab building isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. By 2025, the modular construction market, which is mostly driven by the residential sector, will reach a value of about $110 billion.

Because of a lack of large-scale modular construction geared toward hospitality, some prefab factories have shut down because of the COVID-19 epidemic. Off-site construction is here to stay. To maintain social distancing, modular projects allow for better management of worker safety in climate-controlled, ventilated environments.

 

3. Construction Management Software

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Comprehensive construction management software is a must-have for staying competitive, growing a profitable business, and improving operational efficiency.

It’s important to note that while each software solution has slightly unique features and services, the top ones cover a wide range of tasks, from RFIs to data compilation and file sharing with mobile staff.

 

4. Sustainability Innovations

This year’s sustainable construction trend isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. New advances provide individuals with even more possibilities for environmentally friendly structures.

The industry is dedicated to a goal of zero net carbon emissions. Electric and hydrogen-fueled machinery will be more widely available and more advanced by 2022, which should lead to an increase in this trend.

 

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5. Robotics

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From agriculture to medical, robots are having a significant impact. It’s no surprise that these high-tech devices have impacted the construction industry as well.

Some models, for example, allow workers to do layout chores at sites more quickly than traditional mechanical methods.

Cobots, or collaborative robots, have the potential to be used in the construction industry. For a variety of reasons, including its plug-and-play configuration and the fact that they’re movable rather than fixed, cobots are one of the most significant contemporary robotics breakthroughs.

Construction projects could benefit from the use of robots to keep them on track and on budget. 

 

6. 3D Printing

Layer-by-layer construction is the hallmark of 3D printing, which is both faster and less expensive than more traditional processes. The construction industry has showed a lot of interest in 3D printing, and it’s likely that those working in it will continue to see what’s possible in 2022.

In the construction industry, 3D printing has the potential to do far more than just produce eye-catching designs. 

 

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We wish the construction industry the best in the next year, and look forward to the exciting possibilities it may offer.

 

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