The construction sector has spent decades trying to catch up with other industries when it comes to implementing and utilizing new technologies. Due to the extremities of standards required within construction, there is no room for error when it comes to modern construction technology.

That is why the sector has had to patiently wait for kinks and bugs to be ironed out of new inventions before allowing these near a worksite or allowed during the design process. Not only can errors be costly and time-consuming, but they can also endanger lives.

However, these technologies have finally been fine-tuned and problems eliminated. 2020 is now proving to be the year that the construction industry can finally catch up with others and take full advantage of modern machinery and robotics.

1. Big Data

Big data can analyze immense sums of information and pull patterns to provide actionable insights.

Weather and traffic can be predicted to determine then construction should take place for optimum productivity.

2. Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning

The lifespan of a building can be significantly increased with a predictive design that can detect clashes in systems at the early stages of the design process.

AI can also be programmed to complete repetitive tasks and alleviate the workforce from performing these things, often with better results.

3. The Internet of Things

Smart devices can now be used to track footfall and check staff in and out of worksites.

More recently, developments have been made to provide alerts to workers when they stand too close to each other, helping to ensure social distancing on a worksite without impeding on efficiency.

4. Robotics & Drones

Cameras on drones provide an overview of the site that project management would have previously not seen. This helps to determine hazards and aid risk assessments.

Bricklaying and masonry are now being overtaken by robotics, and you can provide quality results that are often faster and less expensive than hiring laborers.

5. 5G and Wi-Fi 6

5G and Wi-Fi 6 are now fast enough to provide the connectivity required to keep in touch with all teams and clients while eradicating installation costs and times of broadband.

6. Building Information Modelling (BIM) Technology

BIM provides experts with the ability to collaborate within design teams without worrying about clashes between departments. It also provides problem-solving solutions to speed planning and efficiency.

7. Augmented Reality (AR)/Virtual Reality (VR) Technologies

VR and AR can provide walkthrough or building sites and construction plans, to provide a full view of the final product. Allowing clients to see a design in 3D before agreeing to it.

8. 3D Printing

Materials can now be printed on-site, reducing the cost of specialized items, removing delivery costs, carbon emissions and delays.

9. Mobile and Cloud Technologies

Initial security issues meant these were overlooked. Now cloud technology is incredibly secure and allows data and files to be shared and edited in real time.

10. Blockchain Technologies

Payment can now be stored safely and securely with a third party. This is then released on completion of the construct. Construction teams no longer have to chase payments and clients have peace of mind knowing their task at hand will be completed correctly.

Infographic courtesy UK Connect