Changes and Advancements in Construction Industry
Many people in the construction industry are well aware that their industry is risk averse and at the same time, has slow innovation. According to a research last 2016, the industry is still not reaping its full benefits of drones, robotics, automation as well as advanced analytics and data. However, the sector keeps on making improvements and applying new technologies. Following are the top innovations in the construction industry and to what it means to have them.
Number 1. Self healing concrete – let’s face the fact that concrete is the most used material with regards to construction. Because of this, it’s ranked as among the widely consumed and produced materials all over the globe. For sure you know how versatile and useful concretes are and this is because of the raw materials sourced out easily, not to mention its durability and thermal resistance. And truth to be told, it is almost impossible to find an alternative material that can replace it in large scale operations.
On the other hand, scientists keep on doing research on how they can increase the lifespan of concrete. This is where self healing bio concrete is discovered where it has a self activating limestone generating bacteria. These bacteria are then infused with calcium lactate, water and concrete when building and it is activated only when the water seeps in or if there are cracks on concrete.
This innovation is intended to reduce the amount of concrete being produced and also, lower the repair and maintenance cost of buildings.
Number 2. 3D printing – there’s significant amount of research that was put into 3D printing to be able to build building components or even an entire building. 3D printing in construction is done using super sized printers that are using composite mixture and special concrete. This mixture is thicker in comparison to regular concrete and because of that, it is capable of supporting itself once it sets. 3D printing is offering endless possibilities in architecture, design and construction.
Number 3. Smart buildings – smart buildings use information technology to be able to connect with building systems, environment and of course, people. Automated processes are being used to have better controls on different operations like air conditioning, heating, security, ventilation and lighting. This has become feasible by using microchips, sensors and all other technologies that are collecting data to oversee building operations.
Number 4. Modular construction – here, some elements of the building are built offsite but it still applies the same standards used in onsite construction. As a matter of fact, this is providing countless of benefits like reducing waste and cutting cost on operation.