1. New Building Materials
Development in the construction industry will produce new materials which are easier and safer to use. Innovative building materials allow architects to better realize their project visions, improving strength, durability, and flexibility. Some of these materials include:
– Roman Concrete that produces more durable buildings
– Carbon-fibre balsa, is a great replacement for wood
– Eco-friendly green-mix concrete
– Extremely strong and with low density – synthetic spider-silk
2. Greater emphasis on green construction
As the new building materials started to be implemented, and the concern about environmental sustainability is increasing, the goal of green construction is to limit its environmental impact by conserving energy and water, and by using recycled or renewable materials to achieve resource efficiency.
As the year 2018 approaches, the green construction trend is going to force construction managers and contractors to change their business model and acquire relevant certification to be recognized as green. LEED certification is one of the labels that enable you to be recognized by various relevant parties as green contractors.
3. Offsite construction on the rise
The desirability of prefabricated buildings is predicted to grow in popularity. As technology has progressed, modular units can now be built to be more energy-efficient and sturdy, as well as significantly cheaper than other buildings.
Modular homes offer the advantages of being developed off-site reducing the impact to the original landscape, diminishing noise, increasing safety and security, as well as providing a faster way of developing residential areas whose build time is 65 times faster.
4. Improvements in safety
The construction industry is known for its significant amount of workplace accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration Statistics have shown that one in ten construction workers are injured every year. This knowledge has placed increased scrutiny on the construction industry throughout the previous years, and is expect to see a continued focus on implementing better safety procedures in the field in 2018 as well.
With the new technology and safety mobile apps, construction companies have more resources than ever before to ensure a safer work environment. Safety technology is expected to improve in the upcoming year continually.
Virtual reality simulators can help workers get the thorough training they need before using dangerous heavy equipment. There are even safety-focused software options, devoted to site inspections and safety audits, as well as software that detects falls and sends alerts to emergency contacts. Drones can be used to make construction sites safer by conducting inspections and keeping workers out of difficult-to-reach areas, and that’s why they are growing in popularity in the construction industry today.
Drones provide numerous advantages to a construction project. They can access remote locations, can collect data, complete safety inspections, capture project progress and so much more. Surveyors use them to create 3d mapping or images that later can be used to depict an area.
Drones are one of the most important construction industry trends in 2018 and there is so much more to come.
6.1. Project Management Software
The project management software provides the construction industry with efficiency, transparency and accountability. Like various other industries, construction has realized the potential of implementing a project management software which has been continuously advancing in order to draw more insights from data.
In the year 2018, we will see a high usage of Project Management Software. Construction managers can already see the benefits behind real-time project management software and we are sure to see more of it the next year.
6.2. Mobile Field Software
Mobile applications allow workers to communicate and access documents and other information in real time from the convenience of their mobile or tablet. And many mobile applications can be integrated into the existing systems, like supply chain management, payroll, and accounting.
6.3. Project Viewer
There is a lot of focus towards improving the way the industry operates and one of the important trends that are emerging are the project viewers.
Project viewers support dynamic overview of the whole project, allowing participants to read their upcoming tasks, delayed tasks or get information regarding critical tasks in the schedule. On the other hand they can observe and analyze if the tasks and the resources are aligned with the project budget. By providing constant view of the project status, progress updating and collaboration with the team, they help minimizing the project risks and delays.