The trends of construction technology are turning to new trends around the world in 2019. With the adoption of new technologies and the construction behind, the industry seems to be more responsive to new tools and techniques that global industries can share with the building industry over the past few years – only to improve efficiency and quality, site health and safety.

As with consumer technology products such as Apple iPhones, industry technology, including those used by the construction industry, is constantly changing. What are the top 10 construction technology trends in the world in 2019, what are the real world applications and examples of construction technology, and is this even more important?


Top 10 construction technology trends of 2019:

1) 3D printing
2) Building Information Modeling (BIM)
3) Automation
4) Drones
5) Artificial / virtual reality
6) Cloud
7) Artificial intelligence
8) Modular structure
9) Wearables
10) Self-healing concrete

1) 3D printing

Very few technologies have the power of 3D printing in the global construction industry. Furthermore, the technology, which promises lower costs, improved sustainability references, and the ability to create more flexible designs, is virtually limitless for worldwide growth.

As a matter of fact, according to the 2018 Market and Markets report, it is estimated that the 3D concrete printing market will be worth $ 0.3 million in 2017 and will reach $ 1.48 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 317.3 percent by 2023.

Companies that want to benefit from this growth are the Spanish construction company Acciona, which produces the world’s first 3D printed concrete footbridge.

2) Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building information modeling, the main pillar of the ongoing digital transformation of the construction industry, is rapidly becoming the norm in GCC’s engineering and construction industry.

The technology, which promises to overcome natural challenges such as budget surplus, project delays and quality control problems, is changing the way buildings are designed, built and operated.

Among the big names of technology are the Dubai-based architectural firm Killa Design, behind Dubai’s most iconic buildings, such as the Museum of the Future.

3) Automation

Similar to BIM, the scope of automation in the construction industry has a wide scope, from initial planning stages to operation and maintenance.

The field encompasses a number of well-known technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that can collect and process data. They make readings such as temperature and pressure, allowing construction companies to automate various machines and robots.

2017 Schindler saw the Robotic Installation System for Elevators (R.I.S.E). The autonomous and self-climbing robot, which points to a move towards more automation and digitalization in the elevator industry, is ideal for use in tall buildings bir according to the Swiss company.

4) Drones

Drones, a technology that requires a small entry, are rapidly changing the way the construction industry works. Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have the potential to reduce labor and time and eliminate most of the human error involved in this process, in order to conduct accurate research.

In the UAE, Abu Dhabi Municipality launched a pilot application to use aircraft to track engineering work on construction sites. It tests the distance and altitude of the aircraft in addition to its ability to withstand harsh climatic conditions, and raises questions about how technology can be used to support working on the ground.

5) Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality (AR / VR)

Virtual and expanded reality technology has long captured the imagination of the world. So, the construction industry is not an exception to this rule. However, there is a certain difference between the two technologies that some do not fully understand. While the AR assumes a computer-generated picture according to the user’s view of the world, the VR can only replace the real world with a simulated environment.

When buildings become increasingly complex, in the backdrop of a tighter profit margin, both technologies can help identify errors in design errors. Specifically, AR has the power to deliver BIM data through a new generation of visual platforms that can help develop coordination between designers, consultants and construction teams. As both technologies mature, there is a lot of attention in this area.

6) Cloud

Cloud computing positioned itself at the forefront of the digital transformation of the global economy. As a matter of fact, the technology, which has various definitions, provides organizations with the ability to scale and adapt business models to market opportunities and current conditions.

Besides, with the promise of freedom and ease of access to information anytime and anywhere, the strong potential of the cloud in the construction industry is felt. However, powerful data processing and storage are just two advantages of cloud computing, and the latter is critical for firms to fulfill their contractual obligations.

7) Artificial intelligence

Similar to the AR and VR, artificial intelligence often creates images of science fiction such as “Terminator” or “Old Machina AR”. However, its application is not strictly valid for the use of robots, such as driving trucks or building bricks.

Moreover, technology refers to algorithms that have the potential to optimize project schedules and planning, improve risk estimation and management, image recognition, machine learning and retrofit learning – the latter can be used to perform risk-free trial and wrong studies.

8) Modular

Similar to 3D printing, the modular construction area has come a long way in the last few years. With the promise of consistent quality with faster construction times, technology can produce buildings that are traditionally built.

In fact, some of the most impressive projects in the UAE, including Dubai Mall and Dubai Opera, are already in use.

In December last year, a precast house was built within two days because the Saudi government increased its efforts to accelerate innovation and increase ownership in the kingdom. A local company used modular concrete to build a single-story property in Riyadh.

9) Wearables

Wearable technology is no longer reserved for the players of this world. Wearable technology is gaining consistently worldwide, with intelligent devices capable of collecting and analyzing data across a wide range of measurements. However, this information can be a useful element in measuring and improving health and safety standards on construction sites.

Furthermore, there is a wearable catalog on health in the market that promises to increase safety, efficiency and morale at local construction sites, from exoskeleton to augmented reality.

10) Self-healing concrete

Structural deterioration and building cracks continue to be a concern for building owners and managers. However, self-healing concrete – although incredibly new technology – can change that.

In December, researchers at the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering’s Geotechnical and Environmental Research Group announced that they are using micro encapsulation technologies developed by Dolomite Microfluidics to develop self-healing building materials.

The microcapsules also contain minerals that can be added to the building materials, such as epoxy or polyurethane, to provide self-repair of small cracks that develop over time.

Source: Construction Week

Melike Vodina / realesatecoulisse.com