According to data from the UK Green Building Council, an estimated 15% of materials that are delivered to site are taken to landfill. This is due to reasons such as the mismanagement of purchasing and scheduling. Not only causing issues with profit and money but also causing further implications with things such as productivity and health and safety.
Therefore, as a result of this, new technologies have been developed to address the industry’s issues. Following a report from construction company OSC, it has been established that there are currently four main technological trends that are revolutionising the industry.
First up is the smart materials. Engineered to respond to changes in the environment, these materials help improve not just profitability but also save millions in repair costs due to their longevity. Examples of this can include concrete that can gather heat to prevent the build-up of ice/snow on busy roads or, concrete that can repair cracks that appear over time.
One plasterer recently used technology to his advantage to help improve his productivity. Using a hoverboard, he swiftly moved around the room. Take a look at the footage here.
Alongside this, another technological advancement used within the industry is drones. Used widely across a variety of sectors, drones are now being introduced into construction work. These small machines are able to monitor sites from above and can collect data not only quicker but more accurately than a person could. Plus, they can also check for structural integrity/damage and complete jobs that pose risks for human workers.
Mobile apps are another technological advancement that the construction industry has benefitted from. From things as simple as virtual spirit level apps to more complex software such as drone-assisted services, these mobile apps effectively allow companies to work more efficiently. Alongside this, more efficient planning can take place too. Take a look at the top apps every tradesman should have here.
And finally, there is 3D printing. Advances in this technology could have massive advancements for the industry, allowing complex designs to be created with low labour costs and limited wastage. Last year, China successfully built the first ever 3D printed house! It was rather basic though with no plumbing, electrics or roof. However, what it did provide was an insight into how much technology, and the construction industry, in turn, could advance over the years. Take a look at some of the other advancements made within 3D printing and the technology used within the industry here.
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