Emerging technologies are constantly being developed across industries. This means that there is often a whole variety of new applications available to streamline all kinds of business processes. This is particularly true in the commercial construction industry. There are many new and exciting innovations creating opportunities for more convenient and efficient building methods and property development.
There are several emerging technologies disrupting traditional commercial construction. But, in this post, we’ll cover just a handful of them to give you an overview of the kinds of changes taking place in this industry.
Here are 5 key emerging technologies and how they benefit commercial construction.
5 Commercial Construction Emerging Technologies
As we discussed in another post about drones in the construction industry, these devices are becoming more and more popular in commercial construction. This is due to the way in which they can scan and photograph building sites from above, thereby providing more effective and efficient data.
Since drones can be operated from afar, they also provide an added element of safety. They can get to areas of a construction site that could be dangerous or even impossible to reach by a human employee.
With improved LiDAR scanning, drones can also work to provide valuable data for 3D modeling software.
2. Software Monitoring
Various improvements in software make it easier to manage certain elements of the construction process. As we mentioned above, using 3D scanning technology, construction workers can get a more accurate view of a project in progress on their computer. This allows them to easily see where things need to be fixed and improved.
Other technologies, like facial scanning, allow for construction companies to monitor the health of their staff. This is because workers need to be functioning at optimal capacity when operating large machinery. This kind of facial monitoring software can check whether or not a worker is fatigued, and if they should take a break to ensure their safety.
3. Virtual Reality (VR)
On the topic of digital applications, virtual reality (VR) is also another emerging technology that can be used to great effect in the construction industry. This relates to the point above, as VR can create accurate virtual representations of a building in progress.
Not only is this helpful for visualizing a property while building it but it is also useful when marketing to investors and property developers in the initial stages of a project.
From an educational perspective, VR can also help in training workers more effectively. Especially in safety scenarios to simulate incidents. This way a worker can learn how to react in certain scenarios without being exposed to any serious danger.
In many industries across the world, automation is playing a substantial role in streamlining business processes. Through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning, software can be “taught” to perform certain procedures by being exposed to vast amounts of data.
For example, putting data into Building Information Modeling (BIM) software enables it to automatically draw up schedules and other procedures during the construction process. This leads to greater efficiency when managing projects at scale.
5. Building Material Innovation
In the above points, we’ve covered some of the software and hardware technologies that are impacting the commercial construction industry. However, innovation doesn’t only have to mean technological products.
In fact, thanks to the use of bioengineering, there have been incredible innovations in the making of materials used for building. One example of this is concrete. Since concrete tends to crack, many innovations are being developed to help create “self-healing” concrete.
This special bacterial concrete can rebuild itself without any human intervention. It is incredibly useful when it comes to both road and building construction.
Another example is the benefits of plastic molded parts to potentially drive down costs and their durability in specific applications.
Final Thoughts on Emerging Technologies for Commercial Construction
In the article above, we’ve covered just five of the many emerging technologies in the commercial construction industry. To summarize, these include developments in drones, software monitoring, virtual reality, software automation, and innovations in the making of building materials.
All of these innovations fit together because many of them overlap. For example, the comprehensive use of software to provide greater overall efficiency. In addition to this, innovations in building materials also help to improve the structural integrity of buildings. Thereby, contributing to greater cost-effectiveness in the long run.
By using a combination of the above, and additional innovations, there is no doubt that the future of commercial construction is going to be greatly enhanced by emerging technologies.
If you’d like to find out more about how these kinds of emerging technologies can assist you with your project, please contact us.