The construction industry always heavily relied on the latest tech to keep the optimal level of efficiency and produce the most satisfying results. With that in mind, it shouldn’t be a wonder that now when the world is ruled by digital tech, the digital wave swept of the construction sector as well.
What’s interesting to note, though, is that, unlike the previous times when tech breakthroughs usually produced higher site efficiency, digital trends from all sectors of one organization ranging from bookkeeping to marketing.
Considering this scale and pace, keeping up with trends in the construction industry is probably more important than ever. Let us take a look then at a couple of trends that will shape the industry in 2022.
The emergence of smart, connected cities
The Internet of Things completely changed how we design, build and use our home. Now, it’s time for this idea to scale up and plug in entire cities. The benefits are obvious – smart cities should produce considerable energy savings, make life and commuting easier, and produce tons of valuable data that should make room for further improvements and usher new construction trends. The companies that want to stay ahead of the curve should employ necessary technologies and start designing the buildings able of meeting the smart city standards. Smart cities will very soon become the norm rather than novelty.
AI becoming the driving workflow force
This change is all for the better. The entire construction industry is heavily reliant on complex sets of data that are much better suited to AI than human beings. Because of that, putting greater emphasis on the construction workflow automation tools should open up an entire slew of benefits ranging from better productivity to higher construction site safety. More importantly, putting the workflow under the supervision of the AI should allow the construction companies to take greater advantage of complex data analytics, other critical tools like CRM and ERP, and make the whole experience more holistic.
New construction materials taking over the industry
For decades, the construction industry was stuck with the very same materials that left very little room for improvement or increased efficiency. Over the last couple of years, we have finally started rolling out new names that should finally make considerable progress in terms of price, durability, and efficiency.
We would, however, like to spotlight these four materials, since they are projected to make the biggest impact on the industry:
- Recycled materials – Although they are in use for quite some time now, the rise of environmental consciousness should give this trend new life.
- Engineered timber – These products are made by pressing several layers of softwood. The final result is as durable as steel construction but produces far lower environmental impact.
- Engineered Cementitious Composite (ECC) – This material is also known as bendable concrete and it represents the much more durable and crack-resistant alternative to traditional material.
- 3D printing materials – This is yet another trend that has been with us for quite some time now but it is expected to take full swing only in the following years.
Greater use of construction exoskeletons
When the companies first introduced this idea a couple of years ago most people got the Aliens vibes and wrote off construction exoskeletons as too sci-fi to be commercially viable. And yet, the concept stood the test of time and it’s now slowly crawling its way into the industry as a whole. And at the second glance, we can’t say we don’t see the potential. The exoskeleton precisely follows the moves of the person inside so it features a much greater level of dexterity than regular construction tools but it amplifies the strength of average workers20:1 allowing them to lift weights up to 200 pounds.
The rise of construction blockchains
Blockchain technology is usually associated with various digital currencies that have made a huge impact on the financial world. Well, this is far from the only application of this idea and the disruption it is able to cause in the construction industry is as strong as its financial impact. The main purpose of blockchains is to provide an egalitarian way to store information and make it available to participants faster and more conveniently. Putting this tech into the core of the construction industry data storing system could potentially bring its efficiency to a completely new level. Expect to see more steps in this direction.
We hope these few examples gave you a general idea about the way in which the construction industry will move throughout 2022. The impact of digital technology on construction is becoming bigger with each passing year. That considerably hastens the pace of the entire industry and makes keeping up with the latest developments even more critical. This will prove to be a very hard task, but now, you at least know where to look.