5 technologies that are changing the construction industry

Seemingly as our lives progress, technology advances step by step too. The latest generation are bought up in a world immersed in technology, and know how to handle iPads before they can walk. Business as well as personal life has become intertwined with the use of technology, as companies seek to improve efficiency and create more dynamic, flexible and creative ways of working. The construction industry in particular looks to new technologies to modernise; here are the next big 5 trends. 

Drones

When a camera is attached to one of these aerial vehicles, it allows for site managers and teams to not only receive real-time progress updates but also to check for and monitor health and safety hazards they may not have otherwise been able to spot. So significant is their anticipated impact that US start-up company, Skycatch, have made supplying drones to construction projects their primary focus. Furthermore, from a marketing perspective, being able to use drones to capture time-lapse footage of schemes being constructed is a brilliant calling card for surveyors and agents.

Drones are changing the construction industry

3D printing

3D printing has already made a big splash, but many people believe that we haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of its capabilities. One Chinese construction company has started building houses using a giant version of the technology, spraying layers of cement and construction waste to create them. Many in the industry are convinced that this could, eventually, help to solve the global housing crisis – reducing the time and costs involved with building new homes.

Carbon nanotubes

Engineers have created this incredibly thin, lightweight material which – contrary to what you might think – can be used to add greater strength and density to metal, wood and glass. Despite being only a nanometre (one-billionth of a metre!) in thickness, the carbon walls which the tubes create have the highest strength to weight ratio of any material on earth. This could streamline the construction process at breakneck speed, making buildings faster and easier to erect.

Internet Connectivity

Obviously, the use of the internet isn’t new on construction sites – but the way it is being used is. Rather than waiting for fixed-line solutions, which are prone to delays, sites opt for wireless solutions that are fast and powerful enough to keep hundreds of users supplied with seamless internet connectivity. These solutions can be installed in under 10 days, which is a vast improvement on fixed-line predecessors such as BT who could take up to 6 months. Construction sites find this solution much more appropriate because of their time restricted plans; often, sites will go live without much notice and then stay live for only a few months, thus rendering the ordering of a fixed-line pointless. As well as being more efficient time-wise, these new solutions allow internet management, so you can see how much data is being used and why. From here you can cut down on costs. Find out more about our construction site broadband.

AR & VR (incl. BIM)

Augmented and virtual reality are already revolutionising many sectors, but their effect on the world of construction is set to be huge. Thanks to this advanced technology, construction managers will be able to oversee every element of a project on as granular a level as necessary – aiding with health & safety, co-design, digital job guidance, progress monitoring and more. Additionally, BIM (building information modelling) is already making waves in the construction industry, providing contractors, developers and professional teams with the ability to conduct virtual walk-throughs of projects. It’s started to replace traditional blueprints and is slated to transition from 3D to 5D in the very near future.

AR and VR are changing the construction industry


If you know of any other trends that are changing the construction industry or you’d like to know more from UK Connect, the UK’s leading provider of communication solutions to the Construction industry, then call us now on 01483 663366