Technology continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, and the construction sector will be one of its many benefactors.
However, quick progress also requires adaption. Construction companies will need to train their workers in new technology on an ongoing basis, and they will also have to stay current to avoid getting left behind.
Here are three new technologies that could help your company in 2015, and in years to come.
Standard horizontal concrete slabs are heavy, and this fact restricts their spans. Increasing the span requires additional support beams that also add to project costs.
BubbleDeck construction eliminates concrete from the middle of a floor slab between columns. This slab does not serve any structural function, so its absence makes structures lighter.
With this construction method, recycled plastic bubbles are used as void forms, which allows for longer spans between columns.
With this technology, project costs can be reduced as much as 10%. Additional benefits include faster construction, lower risk, reduction of construction materials, and better noise isolation as well as thermal and vibration resistance.
2. Autodesk Constructware
With the emergence of mobile and web-based apps, the construction sector can expect to see further developments in this realm in months and years to come.
Constructware is a web-based application that merges all of the essential project elements into a single place so that companies can manage their projects from start to finish.
This application makes the tracking of contacts, contract history, and project progress a simpler task. It also automates bid solicitation, allows for internal communication, the handling of change orders, document management, punch lists, and so on.
3. 4D Modeling
The adoption of the technology is not expected to happen on a widespread level until the difficulty of 4D modeling and associated costs can be reduced.
Its potential benefits would include: spatial conflicts identification, activity sequencing, workflow improvement, schedule optimization, among other advantages.
Because there isn't a standardized approach to 4D modeling as of yet, it makes the updating and maintenance of models a laborious task.