Here are some construction technology trends to watch in 2020 according to construction experts, part 1
The beginning of the year is traditionally the time when trends for the new year ahead are anticipated in all sectors. It’s time to take a look at construction industry trends and focus on what are new and emerging technologies in construction for 2020 according to experts.
The construction sector is undergoing a radical change in recent years. Looking back a few years ago, the progresses made are evident.
The whole industry is facing increasing challenges, especially in terms of costs, building sustainability and project management and, above all, in terms of the quality of construction and processes.
Solid and competitive results can be achieved by introducing efficient strategies and technical innovations that enable improvements in terms of quality of way of working. Digital technologies will certainly revolutionize the construction industry in 2020.
In fact, 2020 should mark a turning point in terms of innovations for the construction industry and a data-based sector with particular focus on collaboration and real-time communication is expected to be imminent.
Let’s see what are the emerging technologies in construction for 2020, which we have divided by topic in this and 2 other upcoming articles.
BIM will continue to grow
BIM is, without any doubt, one of the top technological trends in the construction sector also in 2020, while an open and highly collaborative data ecosystem is emerging.
BIM technology could be the catalyst for a fundamental change in the way we think, design, develop and manage a construction project. There are many different levels of programming enabled through BIM. 4D and 5D BIM are two very representative examples.
Generally speaking, BIM will grant more precision in the construction process and allow the exchange of important project information among the many stakeholders. Furthermore, its evolution is expected to make construction projects more productive and cost-effective by including revolutionary sustainability and safety measures.
It is therefore clear that, BIM could work as a turning point for construction and offer a detailed representation of the project development in an open and highly collaborative environment.
Find out more about ‘BIM and openBIM‘
Emerging technologies in construction: virtual reality and augmented reality
The digital revolution that took place with the development of BIM modelling, which is rich in building information regarding its entire life cycle, can be further enhanced through augmented reality and virtual reality.
Augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies are helping to merge the digital and physical worlds around us, both through sensory overlapping and by introducing digital elements into the surrounding environment or creating virtual worlds.
Virtual reality has been in use for several years (think about gaming), but it has only started to spread in the construction sector in the last 2-3 years, with new applications.
This simulated experience allows designers, companies and clients to experiment in first person and obtain a more accurate evaluation of the project. In addition, it helps to provide a digital visualization of the real world with added data to improve the navigation experience and thus allow a 360-degree view of the project.
In fact, virtual reality (VR) reproduces the real world in a digital environment, using photos, renderings, 360° videos. New digital technologies enable the navigation in photo-realistic environments also allowing you to interact with objects in real time. It is based on the use of technologies that create a simulated environment. Unlike augmented reality, the world you visualize is totally digitally created.
Although virtual reality is a trend of the last few years that in 2020 will become very popular in the construction sector, the real emerging trend in 2020 will be augmented reality thanks to its applications and the advantages it brings.
Augmented reality (AR) allows the overlapping of digital information on the real environment through the use of 3D viewers/glasses, smartphones and tablets.
Thanks to the interaction between photos and videos from the real environment with 3D models, it is possible to ‘augment’ images with additional details and information (data sheets, construction details, information on materials, prices, examples of real applications, etc.) creating a real ‘virtual model’.
This is a trend that, in the upcoming years, will open up many new opportunities for the construction industry, revolutionizing the way things are designed and built.
Here are some interesting articles to further examine this subject:
- ‘Virtual and augmented reality: how to help a client to better understand a project
- ‘iVR, immersive virtual reality in architecture‘
Construction technology trends: collaboration platforms and data ecosystem
The real-time collaboration software should act as the ‘digital backbone’ for the construction process, from start to finish. Presently, it is already regarded as an essential component of the whole construction process.
However, its impact on the construction sector is expected to increase substantially in the near future. Needless to say, data have played a key role in this paradigm shift in construction.
The emerging data ecosystem where all stakeholders will gather and share project data, experience and knowledge is closer than you might think. Without question, it is the only way forward.
The ability to integrate existing processes and systems into a single, fully connected platform can enhance the way they work. In this way the many software solutions adopted for different specific functions and disciplines during a construction project can easily be combined in a single place.
Finally, the use of digital tools facilitates the collection of valuable information and, generally, it minimizes delays, rework rates and communication errors between the construction site and the main office.
Check the article below for further info on this subject: