Construction is undoubtedly one of the most valuable and impactful industries on general lives worldwide. 2020 has been a year full of surprises due to COVID-19 and has impacted the construction industry everywhere. However, 2021 is going to be a year of revival and growth regarding the building sector. Factors like increasing production costs and labor shortages, the need for innovating new ideas, and more stringent regulations all require a decreased margin for error and waste.
Here are the top construction industry trends you should look out for in 2021:
Using Personal Protective Equipment PPE For Employee Safety
Safety has always been a significant concern in the construction industry. However, amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become essential. Improved protocols will include wearing masks and using hand sanitizer frequently, and using other PPE specific to commercial and industrial construction work.
Using Efficient Technologies For Increased Innovation
The most significant differentiator for most builders this year is likely to be construction-related technology – innovations that can enhance efficiency. Some of the efficient techs the construction industry can benefit from in 2021 include smart contracts, drones, augmented reality AR, and more.
Blockchain technology is an increasingly valuable component that offers a more secure and fast-moving workflow, allowing all parties involved in the process to gain access to enhanced productivity. Smart contracts provide all project organizations a shared system to conduct business, enabling them to order, track, and pay for services efficiently.
Drones in the construction industry offer far more benefits than rendering aerial photography for different purposes, like real estate and other commercial efforts. They can rapidly map large areas over long distances, offering valuable aerial heat maps and thermal images. The state-of-the-art drone software provides real-time, actionable data that help make rapid decision-making and streamline the entire construction process.
Using augmented reality AR in the construction industry means effective project-staging and making pre-construction projects more viable for both buyers and tenants. As far as builders and developers are concerned, AR can provide 3D visualization, automated measuring of various buildings, quick and affordable simulation of structural changes, and safety training and hazard simulations.
Modular Construction For Increased Social Distancing
Modular construction and pre-fab buildings are expected to have a considerable boost in interest this year. Prefabricated buildings are increasingly affordable and potentially temporary solutions to help you get through uncertain times like pandemics. This building construction mode promotes low worker density, as the process is done in large, airy buildings, with enough room for social distancing.
All the tools used, including ceiling cranes, conveyors, and lifts, are specifically designed to allow workers in small numbers to shift more significant components, resulting in decreased worker proximity and labor costs.
Increased Focus On Safety And Quality
Safety and quality have always been of the most significant concern in the construction industry. In 2021, this focus will increase as project managers align their safety and quality procedures directly to planning. Doing so will help them detect critical problems quickly and resolve non-conformities on time. Some of the benefits of this exercise include improving the build’s quality, making handovers smoother, and lessening waste and delays.
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