The construction industry has gone through quite a few changes recently and more advanced tools and resources in addition to improved planning processes, have seen many great new trends for 2017 emerging.
Collaborative project delivery methods
More collaboration is expected to happen between project teams and collaborative partnerships are looking to be perfected in the coming years. It seems that the industry is looking closer at consolidating phases into one contract, such as design-build, which allows for more collaboration and generally reduces the time that it takes to complete projects. This is one of the great methods taking hold of the industry alongside public-private partnerships. It seems like this trend will only continue to grow in 2017.
Energy-saving building systems
Practically every industry is looking to cut down on energy to save money and reduce waste, and the construction industry is no exception. All teams involved with the project are continuing to improve their energy efficiency and provide energy-efficient solutions for the build. Life Cycle Cost Analysis, in particular, is helping professionals make informed decisions and regular ROI reports help them improve ROI and building value.
Automation is the way of the future and many industries are already bringing in self-driving vehicles and robots controlled by programmable software. In the construction industry, it seems that unmanned aerial vehicles will be the way forward. These robots can be controlled either from a controller or from electronic devices, like iPads and smartphones and are likely to be used to survey sites prior to construction. When surveying, these robots will be used to explore sites from the sky and map the terrain. They are then capable of being used to create digital 3D models of the site as well as send photographs and live videos from the site.
There are so many potential uses for these devices: inspections, evaluations, thermal readings, monitoring energy use and, after the project has been completed, it can be used as a marketing tool and create videos and photographs of the new building to be used in portfolios and advertisements.
Safety remains a serious concern for the construction industry, and although the number of deaths and accidents happening each year is steadily decreasing, it is still not quite as low as most people would like it to be. Technology so far seems to be one of the main ways in which professionals hope to solve the problem and equipment continues to improve in quality to avoid preventable accidents. Mobile crushers and screens today are far more agile and sturdy compared to what they used to be, making them far safer to operate.
Increase of mobile technology integration
Mobile phones are permeating every industry and in construction they continue to prove their usefulness. People use them to deliver information quickly as well as document the progress of their projects and, using custom applications, receive answers to questions almost immediately. This results in processes being a lot faster and more efficient than they were some years ago. Now, the teams on the site can keep communication open between the design and planning teams, ultimately saving money and time.