Over the years, technology has continued its overwhelming growth and ceaseless production. The seemingly endless innovations happening around the globe has altered our reality and way of living. And technology did not only limit itself to gadgets but it has also expanded horizons and opened big doors in the construction industry.
Global Trends for 2018
This year 2018, many impressive and continuing trends will be taking over in a global scale. Here are the projections of the experts in the construction industry that will take over the year:
- More 3D printing and drone usage.
3D printing was once used to construct small plastic models. Today? Its applications now include building concrete houses in China. Many builders have already opted for 3D printing for their building methods due to increasing competition in the industry.
Drones have already graduated from being merely toys in the past to surveying remote areas today. With their help, construction companies can efficiently and effectively survey sites that are difficult to reach.
- Increase in popularity of modular/prefab structures
Modular/prefabricated structures are buildings that are manufactured and constructed using prefabrication. It consists of factory-made components or units that transported and assembled on site. Many of today’s top architects have already dived into this business.
- Greater emphasis on green projects
A recent study by the U.S Green Building Council indicated that green construction is outpacing overall construction growth and predicted that by 2018, it would generate more than 3.3 million jobs in U.S alone.
- Slowdown in growth
Many experts believe that growth in the construction industry will pull some brakes this year. A recent prediction projected that there will be 2-3% growth in the nonresidential building between the year 2018 to 2021. While other experts believe in a slowdown, many other also claim that this year will be a very good or excellent year in business.
- Improvements in safety
Statistics show construction to be an extremely dangerous industry to work in 2018. Which showed a high rate of deaths in the 2015 alone. Fortunately, technology is tackling this challenge head on.
- Rising materials costs
Due to the rise in the strength of construction activity in recent years, the demand for materials has increased tremendously as well. And this year, many industry experts believe that construction companies will be feeling its effects.
- Even more construction management software will hit the market
As more businesses seek to improve their management and organization, many software companies will rise to meet their needs.
2018 will for sure bring a lot of surprises in tech, which in turn, will influence many building methods globally.