6 Construction Tech Trends in 2020

February 12, 2020
Drone flying through the sky, controlled by a worker on site.

Increased integration of technologies

Innovation is increasing as shown by advancements brought about by technology, according to an article in Reading Eagle. For example, drones and 3D printing are now more prevalent than before, and may be further embraced by the construction industry in 2020.

The design-build or integrated project delivery approach

The design-build approach, or Integrated Project Delivery, provides a means for clients to contract a sole entity to compose, plan, and construct a project. Streamlining the process results in faster project delivery timelines and lower costs. 

Increased use of project management software

Project management software is specifically developed to perform different tasks, from designing a building to managing a construction site. This software provides various benefits to a construction company, including transparency, efficiency, and accountability. 

Building information modeling (BIM), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)

BIM is a construction industry trend that will continue growing, the article reports. The tool is a process of imagining and managing simulation project renderings before they are approved for construction. VR and AR complement BIM since they can present computer-aided design in a tangible manner. Additionally, it may become a standard practice to train staff using VR and AR.

Commercial drones

While drone technology is not new, there is currently an increased access to drones, resulting from the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) which opened up 99 percent of airspace in the United States to drones in 2018. Today, drones are also more affordable and accessible. 

More advanced materials

One of the highest advanced construction materials is self-healing concrete. Micro-encapsulated agents like polyurethane or epoxy may also soon be added to a variety of building materials to mimic the self-repair process.