In the construction industry, we could expect greater innovations for years to come. These would improve overall productivity, efficiency, and safety of everyone. As project managers and construction experts work on this, they'll be able to ensure the development of products and materials even more.
A Development in Concrete
In terms of modern construction, concrete is probably one of the most fundamental components there is. The recent advancements in concrete's functionality, as well as a form, are slowly changing this traditional composite.
To support that, considered to be the first game-changer in this space would be the self-healing concrete. Wherein, when concrete cracks, it's automatically repaired without human intervention. It's an innovation that utilizes biodegradable additive capable of producing limestone that fills up the fractures.
Workers would be able to save time and effort through this. Not just that, costly repairs can also be prevented, as well as structural damage because issues can quickly be resolved even before it happens.
In the construction industry, concrete is quite stable. However, with its weight and density, it can be pretty costly, and could also be a risky solution especially when it comes to the modern construction project.
However, new construction solutions are being developed, and one of which is referred to as the “smart slab.” It's a combination of the most common structural elements of concrete, carbon fiber, rebar, and other forms of the ultra-light ceiling that has remarkable weight-holding capabilities.
Unlike traditional concrete, the smart slab is a little thinner, and it offers greater possibilities for workers as it's very convenient and practical to use.
Better Communication and a Growth in Productivity
Recently, data-driven solutions are starting to become an essential force in the construction industry. They are offering better communication and real-time visibility. There is also various field connectivity software that offers remarkable supervision.
This allows the supervisors, as well as off-site, manages to gather insight and use this crucial information on equipment location, the number of workers on a side, and most importantly, where these tools and people are located.
There's also cloud-based software that can be connected to traffic signs and the offer project portfolio visibility through a series of capabilities.
Users could check this in real time, and provide real-time service portals and supply technicians the information they need while they're on site-- this includes the price quotes for new work and the like.
Each year, we can't deny that the digital transformation in the construction industry keeps on growing, and before we know it, traditional paperwork won't be as necessary anymore.
The Rise of Wooden Structures
For most innovators, sustainability is critical, and this holds true especially in the construction industry. For example, timber towers made from cross-laminated wood is more preferable than traditional steel and glass.
They are known to be lightweight, highly durable, and best of all, they reduce a building's carbon footprint. Additionally, despite that they don't stretch as high as traditional skyscrapers, it doesn't mean that they're less useful.
They have some benefits, and that's what is making them very popular especially in metropolitan areas.
In the construction industry, a tape measure is one of the few tools that are always present and widely used. With new technologies, you can actually use your smartphone to get measurements. For example, there's an app called “fair measure” and it allows us to measure a room using the phone's camera.
There's also the, and it's an app that takes measurements and turns it into 3D blueprints. Basically, you'll be getting a bird’s-eye view layout of the place, then you could export these results to other apps. Apple also has its own measuring app known as the “Measure.”
This app utilizes augmented reality, while a digital tape measure is also used nowadays. Of course, we also can't deny the fact that digital tape measures and apps have been available for years now, but if we talk about accuracy, they don't offer quite the solution we need.
Technology is slowly changing that. Over the years, it has improved significantly and become very useful, especially in the construction industry.
Robo Builders Entering the Scene
Aside from timber towers, the assembly of complex wooden structures is also growing at a rapid rate. Some machines function like robotic arms, that allows human workers to perform strenuous tasks without having to exert a lot of effort at all.
That means higher productivity is also guaranteed.