UK, 13 october, 2016.- The construction industry worldwide has seen a series of cyclical trends and technology trends in UK whose implementation is still pending. Then we will explain the generic developments have seemed interesting for construction professionals:
Some jobs in a construction project involve repetitive manual labor and can be automated. Robots and automated technology are emerging to handle certain tasks, such as robotic masonry and brick laying, and will be integrated into projects over the next few years. Skilled workers who can oversee and work in conjunction with robots will become increasingly important as well.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are small devices with rotors and an on-board camera that takes stills or sends video to a live feed. Some can be piloted from an iPad, iPhone or Android device. Project teams are exploring their use in surveying to digitize geographical terrain and create 3D models of a site prior to construction. UAVs can aid in remote jobsite monitoring, inspections and safer evaluations of hard-to-reach areas, such as 80 feet up a building or underneath a bridge. They can sit atop buildings, monitoring energy usage with thermal readings. And upon project completion, UAVs provide aerial building views and can be a marketing tool for those who want to highlight projects or properties. Legality questions remain, but in 2016 the FAA is expected to define licensure requirements for the commercial use of UAVs.
3D Printing in construction
A 3D printer is a machine that connects with a computer interface to process 3D designs. Then, using an extruder filled with a hot, liquid material (almost like a glue gun), prints the 3D design layer by layer. In the future, this technology may impact construction. As projects increasingly use detailed 3D models, 3D printing is a logical future progression. Already, firms have printed houses using giant 3D printers with cement and glass materials. In the last decade, the technology has rapidly progressed. Its benefits include reduction of health and safety risks, the use of recyclable materials, waste reduction and the capability to build otherwise unfeasible design concepts. In the near future, some commercial project teams may 3D print building components, providing savings and schedule reduction.
In any case, the construction sector should also be aware of technologies that lead to our personal lives.