New Construction Technologies to Keep An Eye on by 2030

In the dynamic realm of construction, where innovation constantly reshapes the landscape, the integration of new technologies signals a paradigm shift in traditional methodologies. According to Intellectsoft, from the immersive Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR) to the precision of drones and the transparency of Blockchain, a tapestry of advancements is weaving its way into the fabric of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC).  In the coming decades, these technologies will not only promise enhanced safety, collaboration, and communication but also indicates a future where efficiency and sustainability converge seamlessly.

Drone at construction site. New drone technology.

The new technologies in construction to look out for:

1. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR & AR)

This technology would be a great innovation and significant for various remote site inspections. 

It additionally fosters safety, collaboration, and communication among AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) personnel. 

2. Drones

They are already in use within the construction industry, and more commonly seen. 

For the future, anticipate the emergence of advanced drones utilizing AI technology. Through live aerial imagery and 3D lidar scans, drones are transforming the landscape of construction methods. 

Anticipate increased compatibility through Scan to BIM mode (is like scanning the whole area by drones, will come out with a 3D image of the whole building) on drones, allowing for swift sharing of construction data with other BIM-centric platforms in a matter of microseconds. 

3. Blockchain Technology

The industry anticipates improved cost control and streamlined procurement methods through blockchain. This technology functions as interconnected data “blocks” forming a digital ledger, recording all project transactions and milestones. 

This system resembles a chain, with each link denoting a specific project transaction, automatically maintaining balance. It is more secure, decentralized, and adaptable to projects of varying scales. 

4. Digital Twin

The latest technology in the industry for addressing operational management challenges is the digital twin. It employs simulation to develop prototypes of buildings, utilizing intelligent multidimensional digital models. 

In the near future, digital twins are set to reduce buildings’ operational problems by simulating, predicting, and guiding decisions using real-world data. These digital replicas analyze performance, incorporating occupants’ behavior patterns and area of spatial considerations. 

5. 3D Laser Scanner

The 3D laser scanner stands as a cutting-edge innovation in the field, constantly evolving with yearly advancements. Renowned for its capacity to scan and analyze physical objects, extensively utilized in construction for on-site surveying, mapping, safety checks, and various tasks. Its precision facilitates straightforward construction planning, leading to substantial cost reductions. 

Eg: This technology was practically used at Aiguilles-Queyras Hospital Center, situated in the French Alps. They utilized FARO, a 3D laser scanner, along with Scan-BIM by ATFF to capture comprehensive details of the hospital. This allowed for the creation of a new model for renovation based on the collected data. 

6. 4D Simulation

In the pursuit of efficiency in construction, 4D simulations represent a cutting-edge solution aimed at reducing time and costs for both on-site and off-site projects. 

Eg: Mott MacDonald utilized 4D simulation for the Haweswater Aqueduct’s Bentley pipeline project, resulting in a time-saving of 20 days. 

7. BIM (Building Information Model)

Swiftly emerging innovation in global construction, an essential tool for contemporary architectural, engineering, and building procedures. Its strong interoperability facilitates the creation of highly accurate digital models of structures, streamlining various aspects of the construction process. 

Eg: John Sisk & Son implemented BIM in the Quintain Wembley project in London using their Digital Project Delivery (DPD) method. They also utilized Revit to model the NHS Nightingale Hospital in East London. 

8. 3D Printing

Newest technology, creating 3D models via 3D software programs. 

Eg: Both companies leveraged 3D printing technology for construction purposes, Arup for fabricating steel nodes and Win Sun for spraying a cement-recycled material mixture. 

With every new technology being adapted, we step closer to a future where buildings not only stand as testaments to human ingenuity but also serve as beacons of innovation and progress in a rapidly evolving world.

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