Future Trends – the Construction Industry in 2018

Future Trends – the Construction Industry in 2018

16th May 2018

The construction industry is evolving, thanks to some exciting new trends, exciting developments and innovative materials and methods of working.  Today we’re going to take a look at some of the trends that we’ll be seeing more of over the coming year as our sector modernises for the 21st Century.

  • Modular  Construction/Prefabrication - This is a subject we’ve already been covering as it represents not just a new way of working, but an added level of safety as the need for work at height is continuously r educed.  Before on site construction begins, some elements of the project are fabricated and assembled in the workshop.  Prefabrication of roofs, concrete floors and walls takes place off-site and the elements are then delivered to site for installation, speeding up the on-site work and reducing overall costs.
  • Internet of Things - The technology giants like Apple, Google and Samsung are bringing progress to the Internet of Things (IoT) market as they strive to make their products smarter.  There are several products already on the market such as smart thermostats and intelligent ventilation systems, modelling and ordering processes are becoming simpler and the design process is speeding up.
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality - Virtual Reality (VR) enables the exploration of 3D models via specs like Oculus Rift – this is making it easier to perform project presentations to clients with real life simulation.  Augmented Reality (AR) merges the virtual representations which will eventually lead to remote project management so watch this space.
  • Mobile Cloud Applications - Cloud collaboration via mobile cloud applications is on the increase.  Co-workers are able to cooperate in the cloud through all phases of construction projects as workers are able to view real-time data from the design and development process which is leading to an increase in productivity.
  • 3D Laser Scanning - Conducting a 3D laser scan at a construction site enables the collection of accurate information for use in BIM modelling software. 
  • 3D Printing - This is a relatively new technology that is having a disruptive effect in so many sectors, including construction.  The first wholly 3D structure was printed in 2017 though the technology at present is suited to creating specific building elements in a short time span, reducing material loss.  3D printing can be used to create instant prototypes to share with partners.
  • Custom Software/All-in-One Packages – Modellers can choose the type of software they need, for example engineers are able to use all-in-one packages which combine software functionality.  This is particularly useful for MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) applications.
  • Drones – Here at Safety Fabrications we’ve been keeping an eye on drone technology for quite some time as it can make roof inspections safer, easier and more cost-efficient.  We also think that an increase in the use of drones in construction is likely to attract more young people and school leavers into construction as it represents a “cool” factor that is missing from traditional construction.

These are all exciting developments for the construction industry and we’ll be keeping our finger on the pulse as the construction industry here in the UK evolves over the coming year.  Don’t miss out on the exciting news in our sector, follow us on Facebook or Twitter so that you know about the new developments as we report them.