The construction industry has been in a state of flux over the last few years. With the rise of new technologies, new methods of construction, and the uncertainty stemming from inflation, there are many changes on the horizon in the construction industry.
Some changes are occurring at a faster rate than others, but all have an impact on how we construct buildings and infrastructure. Therefore, as technology continues to change, it is important for companies to stay up-to-date with these trends so they remain competitive in their market.
In 2023, there are some major trends that will change or improve construction. This article discusses the newest trends and what it means for you as an individual or a company in the construction industry.
6 Major Construction Trends that will Emerge or Continue their Dominance in 2023
Supply Chain Technologies
Since the construction sector is growing, more and more construction companies are turning to supply chain technology to reduce expenses. These technologies identify if there are surplus or emergency use items on-site which saves a lot of time, money, and effort.
In addition, supply chain management software also has forecasting features that helps people make decisions based on construction industry trends before it's too late. These sensors scan the location and status of your packages, which allows you to track them more effectively.
Fortunately, supply chain technologies often make it easier to complete manual tasks. For example, they might send out or fill in fields on invoices automatically. Digital options also exist, such as capturing weigh station receipts with a mobile app.
Wearable Tech Innovations
Although the construction industry is one of the most important sectors in the world, it is also one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Construction workers are at high risk for developing chronic diseases and injuries.
However, wearable technology helps with these problems by providing workers with data on their health and safety that they use to improve working conditions. Wearable tech is also used to monitor workers’ movements, which helps improve productivity and safety.
In addition, wearable technology not only reduces injuries but also helps companies better understand how their employees are performing on the job site. This data is used to create a more efficient work environment that is safer for everyone involved.
Green building has become more popular and will eventually become an industry standard. What’s more important is green building increases sustainability and in parallel, it lowers carbon costs which is offset by renewable energy and energy-efficient tech. This is a win-win for the industry and the environment.
Furthermore, green building is not just about sustainability, or creating an environmentally friendly design. How materials are sourced, manufactured, and delivered to a site; how they are used on site; and how they are disposed of at the end of a project are also key components.
The aim is to reduce environmental impacts throughout a project’s life cycle and produce healthier buildings for occupants in terms of
- air quality
- thermal comfort
- acoustics daylighting
Recently 3D printing has emerged as a promising technology in the construction industry. Currently, it is used to make structural components and architectural models, which are two of the most expensive and time-consuming elements in the construction process.
Although, the use of 3D printing in the construction industry is still at an early stage, it will continue to grow relevance in 2023. This monumental invention will have a major impact on how things are designed, built, and repaired.
In addition, 3D printing uses less material because of its ability to produce complex shapes from one material. This means less waste and energy used in the creation of 3D materials. The 3D printing process is environmentally friendly, eliminating the use of the harmful chemicals and reducing emissions.
Big data and AI
The Construction industry is complicated and has many different aspects that need to be managed, such as design, materials, construction processes, and safety. Big data and AI will be used in the construction industry in many ways.
One way the industry uses AI is to predict risk, using historical data. This helps managers make decisions on how they should allocate resources for upcoming projects. It also helps them make decisions about how much risk they are willing to take on, given their budget constraints.
In addition, AI is used in this industry through predictive maintenance techniques which use machine learning to identify when equipment needs repairs or upgrades before it breaks down completely.
Big data and AI could also be used for predictive analytics, using machine foresight to forecast future needs for materials, labor, or other resources based on current trends and patterns within the company's data sets.
Modular and Prefabricated Building
The construction industry has been facing many challenges, including the high cost of labor, lack of skilled labor, material shortages, and the need for faster delivery times. These challenges have made it difficult for project management.
The modular and prefabricated building industry is one way that construction companies are looking to solve these problems. Modular buildings are built in factories, allowing them to be delivered more quickly and efficiently than traditional buildings.
In addition, it is cheaper and easier to construct because they use fewer materials than traditional buildings, which reduces the cost of materials and labor needed on-site. Modular buildings also come with a warranty which means there is less risk for contractors who don't have the time or budget for errors/ delays in construction.
Just as quickly as the construction industry is adapting to a changing ecosystem you must recognize these changes. Not only familiarize yourself with new advancements, but also understand the skillsets that are needed from the professionals you hire Fortunately, at ROI we have a proven process of vetting candidates to get you talent that fits your culture along with the technical requirements you need for the role.
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