5 Construction Technology Trends in 2021

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Welfare UnitsIf there’s one thing that the construction industry hasn’t historically been associated with it’s technology. But this has been changing significantly over the past few years, and the industry is evolving at pace. Ten technical trends emerging within construction are:

1. Big Data

Big data is replacing oil as the world’s most important resource, as 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created each day. From this data we can gain information about patterns of behaviour, elusive trends, and undiscovered correlations. The data is collected from internet searches, social media and many other means of modern communication.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence [AI] can replicate human behaviour, in effect speeding everything up. Computers can be programmed to learn, and the system is already being used widely in house design and building etc.

3. Robots & Drones

With construction being so labour intensive, it’s surprising that robotics don’t feature more prominently, although construction sites does not lend themselves to this form of technology. However, smart technology is appearing more and more frequently in this environment, partly due to advances in robotics design. Drones are being used more often too onsite, as they can provide valuable information that would be difficult to access or visualise.

4. The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) has already transformed the way the construction industry works. Smart sensors and devices share data from a central platform, and pick up on needed actions such as refilling a cement mixer. Geo-location hazards may be identified and an alert produced, engines can be turned off when idle and a host of other helpful auto actions may be carried out.

5. 3D Printing

3D printing is now being used across the board within the building industry, and can create a three dimensional object from a computer designed model. This allows specialists to prefabricate offsite or onsite. It gives exceptionally precise results, saves time, money and reduces waste

These are just a few examples, as technology within construction comes on in leaps and bounds. At Rhinos we applaud advances in construction technology, and our fleet has many of the latest versions of plant machinery. Our Mobile Welfare Units also have a modern design and many sustainable features for projects in places like East London.

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