With the arrival of a new year, it’s time to take stock of the trends that are certain to shape the construction industry in 2020. To some extent, experts predict a similar pattern of technological developments will continue to grow in relevance from the previous year, which should ensure less uncertainly but also drive home that some of these trends are here to stay. For contractors and construction managers that have resisted these advancements, it could be time to consider adoption.
The list of construction technology trends that will be front and center for decision makers in 2020 are built to increase efficiency, sustainability, or profitability in some way – in some cases, the developments covered below can affect all three categories. The good news is, there’s technology at almost every price point available for contractors of all sizes to take advantage of.
From robotics to safety, the time has never been better to consider getting on board with new technology. Check out the list below for construction trends that are sure to make waves in 2020 and beyond.
One of the most immediate ways to change your company’s technological prowess is to consider purchasing construction project management software. While project management tools have existed for years, the rate of change has increased dramatically, leading to new features and integrations that make a robust project management interface more essential than ever. Modern software now integrates custom modules that respond to the direct needs of the business, along with rich feature sets that include time management, fleet/equipment management, estimating tools, and integration of mobile-enabled interfaces that support real-time project updating from the field.
Building information modeling (BIM) has long been a staple of any forward-looking construction business, and its relevance has only grown over time. From preemptively spotting potential flaws in the building design to gaining a precise estimate for needed materials, BIM helps save money and avoid costly conflicts down the road. As construction software continues to evolve, BIM will become even more closely integrated into existing workflows and newfound abilities to create energy usage models will help contractors and owners meet increasingly stringent sustainability goals.
And while BIM may help visualize the inner workings of building systems in exceptional detail, virtual and augmented reality takes it one step further by incorporating the environment around the building. This next-generation digital visualization tool provides a 360-degree view of a building project so that teams can look beyond the guts of the structure and see how other external factors may affect the construction process – a level of detail building owners will likely come to expect on future projects.
Worker safety has obviously always ranked high on the list of priorities for the industry, but technology is pushing forward new levels of accident prevention for the jobsite. This includes far-reaching possibilities like smart boots that connect to WiFi for providing the GPS coordinates of workers and monitor whether they are growing tired or have fallen from their work area. New clothing materials are being evaluated that can keep workers cool when temperatures spike and represent an overall movement to better track and understand workers’ physical conditions while on the jobsite.
Better performance isn’t limited to workers, however – building materials can also be improved to drive new efficiencies. That’s one reason why modular and prefab construction continues to gain traction as a viable approach for building faster and generating cost savings. Especially useful for standardized structures like office buildings and hotels, prefab construction allows builders to sidestep the pitfalls of trying to contend with weather and other outside forces when building on the jobsite by completing the bulk of the assembly off-campus. Coupled with reduced materials waste, the cost and time savings benefits are obvious.
The construction industry may be historically slow to adopt new innovations, but there’s little doubt technology will shape how key decisions about building projects, materials selection, sustainability, and worker safety are made in the immediate future. While some of these trends may seem far-flung, the availability of modern construction project management software is an asset that’s available today and can be deployed tomorrow.
United Solutions is eager to bring customers into 2020 with access to cutting-edge project management software and will come to your offices to provide a live demonstration.
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