Top 8 Construction Trends for 2018
The Canadian industry is progressing at a steady pace. In the recent years the industry has experimented with technological advancements and embraced trends which have enhanced the construction landscape of the country.
So what are some emerging construction trends that are forecast-ed to be seen in the year 2018?
1. Building Information Model (BIM)
By far the most emerging and advanced construction trend is the BIM which allows streamlined collaboration in the work processes. Collaboration of costs, resource management, labor and construction plans plays a pivotal role in boosting productivity and better understanding of project scope. Many construction contractors and managers are implementing the BIM technology in work processes to achieve shorter project cycles.
2. Project Management Software
As of late, the construction industry has come to terms with the potential of integrating Project Management Software in their work processes. The software allows managers to get more insight into their construction data. It vests the construction projects with three key advantages; efficiency, transparency and accountability. The software gives real-time communication, an overview of the working project, allows users to keep track of the progress and optimizes the overall construction progress. Project management software is not as advanced as the BIM but gets the job done.
3. Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is an important tool used in construction. The greatest advantage of virtual reality is that it provides a virtual imagery to clients and investors, to give them an overview of what their investment will look like before it even begins. VR is great tool for pitching architectural plans to potential clients and selling property making it an epitome of modern construction technology.
The benefits of the VR technology are not limited to architectural design and plan, but it can be effectively used to render safety training to workers. VR also facilitates unrestricted communication and collaboration on the work site.
Perhaps the most revolutionary technology in the construction sector is the robotics and automation. Although the use of automation in this sector is still in its early stages, it has a lot of potential. Robotics can replace labor to get the tasks done with greater speed, accuracy, efficiency and safety. It can be used to cut labor costs and get laborious jobs done much cheaply. Widespread acceptance and use of this construction trend can open new advancements in the year 2018.
Drones have been extensively employed in gathering data, mapping the layout of the construction site, monitoring and delivering updates of the project to clients and more. Drones collect footages and data of the job site to monitor the progress of the projects speedily and economically. The drone industry is expected to grow hugely in the year 2018.
6. Modular Buildings
Building structures are developed off-site and transported to the desired location without any lapses in quality. The building materials, design and supplies are kept the same and the task is accomplished in shorted span of time. Modular Buildings allows the completion of construction projects 65 times faster! Although the trend of modular building is relatively new to the construction sector, and is very effective, it needs to be passed through quality assurance tests. Also it doesn’t cater to every aspect of the construction needs. Modular construction also pushes about eighty percent of the construction off the job site, which helps reduce noise and disruption and ensures safety.
7. Green Construction
Green Construction has amassed growth and popularity on a global scale. Consumers are more aware and concerned about reducing waste. They are keen on influencing various industrial sectors by establishing collaborative consumption and purchasing disposable products. Green Construction aims to reduce wastage and use of resources which impart damage on the environment. The growth and acceptance of green construction aims to pressurize construction managers and contractors to make their business models more sustainable and acquire a LEED certification.
8. Improved Labor
Advanced technology, automation and use of robotics has steadily replaced the need of manual labor. This causes shortages of jobs but it also serves as an opportunity to bring more intelligent labor in the construction sector. Labor is trained to create, plan and acquire technological know-how of prevalent construction trends.
Fastening House Atlantic has greatly helped the construction industry. By joining hands with top notch manufacturers, FHA has been on the forefront of making technological breakthroughs and modernizing old work processes.