Innovations in Construction Industry
The construction industry is oftentimes slow to innovate and at the same time, risk averse. According to a research last 2016, the industry is still not reaping its full benefits of drones, robotics, automation as well as advanced analytics and data. However, the sector keeps on making improvements and applying new technologies. As you read the next lines, you will be able to learn about the recent developments in construction industry.
Number 1. Self healing concrete – let’s face it, concrete is the most used material when it comes to construction. As a matter of fact, this makes concrete to be put on top as being the most consumed and produced materials internationally. Owing to raw materials that are sourced easily, durability and thermal resistance, it’s versatile and also useful. And truth to be told, it is almost impossible to find an alternative material that can replace it in large scale operations.
But it doesn’t stop there, given that it is the most used, scientists are looking for ways to expand its lifespan. Actually, this brought to the discovery of self healing bio concrete where it has a self activating limestone generating bacteria. The said bacteria are infused with calcium lactate, water and concrete when building and this is activated only when the water seeps in or the concrete cracks.
This said innovation is designed to reduce the amount of concrete that’s produced and lower the repair and maintenance cost of buildings.
Number 2. 3D printing – there’s significant amount of research that was put into 3D printing to be able to build building components or even an entire building. 3D printing in the construction is done by making use of super sized printers that use composite mixture and special concrete. This said mixture is thicker than regular concrete and as a result, it supports itself as it begins to set. As a matter of fact, architecture, design and construction can make unlimited opportunities with the integration of 3D printing.
Number 3. Smart buildings – a smart building as what the name suggest is “smart” and it does so by taking advantage of information technology as a means to connect with building systems, environment and most importantly, people. Automated processes are being used to have better controls on different operations like air conditioning, heating, security, ventilation and lighting. This has become feasible by using microchips, sensors and all other technologies that are collecting data to oversee building operations.
Number 4. Modular construction – here, some elements of the building are built offsite but it still applies the same standards used in onsite construction. This is a big help in construction industry for it offers so many benefits similar to reducing waste and cutting cost on operation.