An Overview of the Technology Trends and Ideas in the Construction Industry

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The construction industry is full of transformations today. In the 21st century, the top-priority trend is still digitization of different building stages including on-site processes, estimating, management, and budget planning. Most experts state that digital transformations are about the revolutionizing effect in the construction sector. Among emerging technologies that are on the radar of present-day contractors are AI, IoT, green building, and smart city solutions. That is why more and more construction bidding software, drones, AI-based digital tools, and other high-tech innovations appear on the market day by day in 2022. 

Top 5 Reasons of the Construction Industry Reshaping in 2022

Each story has a backstory. This way, the construction industry started its reshaping not in 2021 or even in 2020. There are many reasons for transformations that are still actual. But their roots are 5 or even 10 years old. Let’s take a closer look at the most hot-topic reasons for the construction industry reshaping in 2022:
  1. Customers’ expectations change very fast. It is important to meet all the clients’ requirements and desires if you are a contractor. But the ever-changing construction market with numerous trends and novelties causes new and new expectations to take into account. That is why exceptionally tailored products and services (eco-friendly building, energy-efficient utilities, etc.)  are a must in the 21st century to stay competitive on the market.
  2. The rapid progress of technologies that can improve the construction industry. Why not enhance any of the building or management processes if you have an opportunity to do it with the help of innovative tech solutions? There are various sensors, hardware, AR/VR devices, robotics, software, and other digital tools like cloud computing programs and adaptive printing devices that can make a difference and provide better performance for today’s contractors.
  3. The growing number of competitive startups. It is more difficult to reshape your business according to new trends than create a high-tech project from scratch. That is why more and more contractors are searching for innovative solutions to implement. This is a great way to revitalize the business that has been performing on the market for years.
  4. Skillful new-gen specialists. This is the key to success ever. The construction industry reshapes with competent craftsmen of the new generation. Not only managers and estimators matter for your risk-free and profitable performance. Skillful specialists when it comes to tech-related jobs are critically important for your progress in 2022.
  5. Supportive legal frameworks. The more environmentally friendly your business is; the more comfortable legal background you can count on for your construction projects. Today, it is necessary to avoid CO2 and any other emissions while switching the traditional techniques to 100% green building. 
These and other reasons give a boost to the latest trends in the construction industry. Among these top-priority solutions, a range of technological ones deserves the attention of present-day contractors.

Main Technology Trends to Take into Account in 2022

It is worth noting that a list of technology trends in the context of construction is almost unlimited. But let’s take a look at the main solutions and directions for your progress. For example, HD surveying and geolocation technologies are on-trend today. Most contractors have already tried 3D laser scanning, cost estimating software, and HD photography for more accurate design, on-site works, and estimating. Additionally, 5D BIM tech solutions are popular today. This type of building information modeling combines all the necessary physical and functional forms of the project. With the help of wearable devices and AR, contractors can enhance their performance and exclude former BIM imperfections. Among other technology trends to take into consideration are:
  • Digitizing workflows (digital tools for design management, tracking, facet-driven tasks, and more);
  • IoT (new-gen construction machinery, equipment, tools together with NFC devices, etc.);
  • Green-building construction materials (like aerogels, nanomaterials, and other eco-friendly and cost-efficient, durable supplies).
Speaking about the most hot-topic tech directions to take a closer look, contractors should pay attention to augmented reality with its enhanced visualizing properties (AR lens and sensors to detect coordination errors and design weak spots). Do not forget about robotics for the improvement of your worksites. Robots can become the essential power on the sites to perform accurate physical tasks safely for your human resources.  To sum up, the modern construction industry is about eco-friendliness, digitization, and modulation. Cloud and mobile technologies will be also on-demand for better communication and cooperation. Drones, UAVs, sustainable materials, and reusable energy will also make a difference in the construction sector.  



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