High Impact Tech Tools: Leading Construction Trends for 2018
5 trends set to revolutionize the industry
New technology has revolutionized many different business types, and 2018 is prime time for the construction industry to get on board. Although it can feel difficult to stay on top of tech trends while immersed in the day-to-day tasks of work, technology can help streamline processes, save time, and improve the safety of employees, resulting in a net gain for building-related businesses.
Whether you’re a contractor or an equipment rental company, it’s important to stay informed of emerging trends in order to remain competitive in the construction market.
Hybrid machinery that runs on a combination of diesel and electric has been growing in popularity lately, but these options still use fuel, create fumes, and require a constant source of electricity as well as a power cord.
Battery-powered equipment is the real game-changer. The Sherpa 100 ECO skid steer is battery operated, weighs less than 2000 pounds, and can fit inside of an elevator and through doorways. It’s safer, less disruptive when working inside occupied buildings, and easier to operate. Battery-powered wheelbarrows are also available, reducing workload and increasing efficiency.
An App for That … and That and That
A lot of construction businesses are still tethered to paper files, which is cumbersome and far less practical out in the field than connecting to the cloud and having access to whatever information you may need to complete an estimate, create or view 3D renderings, order supplies, track progress, or finish reports on-site.
With a tablet and some working knowledge of the best construction management apps, you can take your work with you wherever you go.
Although it still seems like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, virtual reality is here and now. Visualize a project before you’ve even broken ground or tour a site without leaving the office with virtual or augmented reality programs. Advances in both hardware and software applications will soon transform virtual reality from a game to an everyday tool.
One of the greatest challenges in the construction industry right now relates to the shortage of skilled labor. Robotics is one cutting edge way to streamline processes and improve productivity.
Robotic bricklayers are already capable of laying 1000 bricks per hour – making them six times faster than the average bricklayer. Drones are another high-tech tool you’ll soon be seeing more of out in the field; they can deliver supplies and tools, track progress, assess roofs and building footprints, and assist with real-time mapping.
3D printing allows fabrication of custom parts and builders have been utilizing that option more and more. However, a Russian engineering firm has created a mobile construction crane-design 3D printer that is capable of printing walls, and essentially, entire houses. This machinery can reduce costs, increase efficiency, and, let’s face it, it’s just plain awesome in terms of innovative ideas.
The future is coming whether you’re prepared or not, and investing in updated technology can change the way you do business for the better. Stay informed of upcoming construction trends, be willing to experiment with new technology, and remain committed to improving processes and products as you build tomorrow and beyond.
Triple E Equipment is building a better future for the construction industry by developing battery-operated equipment that increases safety, productivity, and profits. Find a dealer near you and revolutionize the way you work.