5 technologies changing the future of the construction industry
08 June 2016
Technology is changing the construction industry from hospitals to home builds or schools, thanks to drones, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers.
Across the world, the stereotypical view of construction sites is high-visibility jackets and hardhats. However, this may be set to change thanks to the introduction of a range of innovative technologies.
That is, as reported by the BBC recently, the vision of the people behind these technological solutions. But first they have to convince the construction industry that such change is a necessity. We’ve taken a look at the top five advances potentially set to make an impact on a site near you soon:
One of the technologies being developed and used more and more across the industry is drones – aerial vehicles that, when a camera is attached, can provide a bird’s eye view of the activity taking place below. US start up Skycatch provides drones for companies to use on high-profile building projects, to create progress reports and give real-time updates on any changes that need to be made.
Komatsu, a Japanese construction giant, has gone one step further than just using drones. The firm uses Skycatch drones to provide eyes-in-the-sky for its automated bulldozers to get a better view of a project on the ground. The drones send 3D models of the building site to a computer, which then sends the information through to the unmanned machinery to then go and plot its course.
3D printing is already making an impact on the housing and construction sectors — but many think we are only at the start of unlocking its full potential. The advanced technology has the potential to reduce both the time and cost of building new homes, with many believing that this technology could be one stop towards solving the ongoing housing crisis.
Elegant Embellishments has created a smog-eating façade that is coated with a special paint made from titanium dioxide – a pollution-fighting technology that’s activated by sunlight. The paint absorbs fumes from the air and converts it into harmful acids.
Emerging Objects has created 3D printed bricks with a bit of an extra twist. The porous blocks, called Cool Bricks, can be filled with water to bring down temperatures. Each brick has a ceramic lattice-like structure to hold the water, similarly to how a sponge works. When air flows through the brick, it absorbs evaporated water vapour, becoming cooler.
So, what do you think about these new innovations? Game-changers set to revolutionise the industry or pie-in-the-sky gimmicks? Let us know your thoughts.
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