Top 5 Construction Trends in 2018.

The year, 2018, I made a resolution, a resolution to keep construction web readers always updated and informed in the construction world.

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Well, brace yourself for 365 blog posts. 

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Construction Web In 2018


So without much ado let’s get down to business, wait, I mean construction trends,

In 1900, craftsmen with varying levels of skill manufactured carts one at a time. Even the best of these carts provided little more than basic transportation. Yet in at the same time, master masons and builders created incredible stone houses using principles of design and construction that were breathtaking for the time. 

Today the technologies of both manufacturing and construction have changed, but not nearly to the same degree.

For many reasons, that I won’t state, the basic construction process of building stick by stick, piece by piece, has remained unchanged since the Middle Ages whereas in Manufacturing miracles are happening.

It is now the 21st century that we are seeing technological breakthroughs which set new waves in productivity.

So I decided to put together an article that outlines the emerging trends to look out for in the year 2018! 


IN SUMMARY

  1. Building Information Modelling
  2. Virtual  and Augmented realities 
  3. Modular and prefab houses 
  4. Green construction 
  5. Project management software

 

1 Building Information Model (BIM)

Building Information Modelling is a process that gives construction professionals the insight and tools to efficiently plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, etc.

 Benefits to the construction industry already have been significant in several respects, thanks to BIM features like the collaboration features, conflict resolution features. The features reduce interferences, which are instances where the design of separate systems, such as electrical conduit and high-voltage alternating current ducting, compete for the same physical space. 

So it’s clear that there is going to be less resistance with adapting BIM in construction projects. In fact, with favourable responses on previous years, we might see more advancements with BIM in 2018.

 

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KIEFER TECHNIC SHOWROOM

2 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality 

While the construction industry has been notoriously slow to jump into the technology revolution, soon companies will have no choice.  Another big thing to look out for is an increase in virtual and augmented reality use. This type of technology is changing the entire industry, Its biggest benefit is the ability to provide virtual walkthroughs in order to sell property and  

Preparing workers to operate the necessary machinery through simulation is a very effective method. VR enables easy communication and collaboration on site. 

.3 Green Construction 

Environmental sustainability has become a hot topic of discussion in the last few years and is expected to raise more dust. In 2018, a focus on ecological benefits will remain a trend throughout the industry as well as an increased emphasis on the financial benefits. Expect to see increasingly green business models! 

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4.modular and prefabrication construction projects

In 2017, modular and prefabrication construction has become an increasingly popular trend due to its cost-effectiveness and energy efficiency. Modular and prefabrication construction will continue to be an attractive option in 2018. Expect to see a lot more pop-ups and permanent modular buildings, as well as prefab houses this year!

However, the basic building blocks of construction—steel and concrete—are expected to remain relatively unchanged. Specific qualities of these materials will be improved, but no major substitute material is on the horizon. 

EDITORS PICK 

MOVABLE MINIMALIST HOUSE

 5 Project Management Softwares

In job sites of the past, the first tools unpacked were the shovels. Today, the first things out of the box are often computers. Terminals and graphics workstation, These computers provide communications links with the engineering office, the client, and relevant vendors or fabricators.

The software also provides the construction industry with three fundamental advantages: Efficiency, Transparency and Accountability. The latest software provides real-time communication, project overview, trackability and integrations with other software, therefore, a  system of controls optimize the design, procurement, and construction process. 

Most importantly, Expect Construction web 2.0

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Technology in the construction industry

I am glad you made it to  ConstructionWeb on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017. This is a special Tuesday for us and probably you who is reading this, We are introducing a new segment on the website. The segment dubbed Tech Tuesday will zero in on technology in the construction industry,  Tech applied from conception, implementation and finally to demolition. 

We will focus on tools reviews and giveaway some on our social media channels. 

In today’s technology-driven world, it should come as no surprise that many of the biggest 2017 construction trends revolve around new technologies that improve and enhance the building design and construction process. To stay ahead of the curve we will post blogs on technology every Tuesday or what we like to call Tech Tuesday. 

New technologies are constantly changing the construction landscape. Drones now make it possible to survey and map a site with ease and at a lower cost. Smartphones and tablets make on-the-go communication a breeze. Digital blueprint apps and other software make it possible to map out a project ahead of time like never before. 

This article is all about the most significant changes in construction by examining technological trends and how they affect the entire construction sector. These trends fall into four major areas:

construction-related design

construction equipment and methods

automation and expert systems

construction management.

Here are the most innovative technologies  transforming the construction industry

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 

Nobody can narrate the success story of CAD more than an architect who was in the industry before the software and after the software. Manual drafting of technical drawings has been replaced with the use of computer systems to create, modify, optimize and analyze designs.

The CAD system looks at possible issues that may arise, to help reduce errors, and can help to reduce errors, which means less time spend off-schedule and a reduced risk of going off-budget. 

More focus on CAD in the subsequent Tech Tuesday articles

CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT 

The only surefire way to protect drivers from being hurt or killed in an accident is to remove them from the equation. Today, operators may be closer to changing their job title to ‘remote control pilot’ than you think.

Royal Truck & Equipment builds driverless trucks that are being used at highway construction sites in FloridaCat® Command can automate hauling, dozing and drillingVolvo Construction Equipment is experimenting with autonomous technology in its L120 wheel loader and A25F articulated hauler. 

Videos of such will be uploaded every Tuesday meanwhile check out The Fire Fighting Robots

AUTOMATION AND EXPERT SYSTEMS

Technologies such as laser range-finding and geodetic positioning can be used to pinpoint exact locations, to automate storage areas on the job site, and to set guide tracks for remotely operated vehicles. These technologies will gradually be integrated into a coherent system for the highly automated control of certain job site activities.

Automation in the construction sector is usually seen in terms of robotics, and the development and application of robotic systems in all industry sectors are relatively new.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

Construction management software has changed a lot over the years, especially since the growth and development of the internet. New versions help not only to increase productivity, but also to track progress and organize the entire construction team. It can be used for billing and as a time clock as well. The process of planning, scheduling, and cost control is addressed through these interfaces. 

Well, that’s just the introductory session of our Tech Tuesday articles. For this and more similar articles be sure to check us out next Tuesday,

Other technologies, such as Building Information Management, prefabrication, big data and much more surprises to be featured in subsequent articles 

 

 

 

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LIVING TOMORROW IN SMART HOMES

Home automation or smart home also known as domotics is building automation for the home. It involves the control and automation of lighting, heating (such as smart thermostats), ventilation, air conditioning and security,a s well as home appliances.

The word “domotics” is a contraction of the Latin word for a home “domus” and the words informatics, telematics and robotics.

The integration of technology and services for a better quality of life.

There are 3 generations of home automation/ domotics

  • First generation: wireless technology with proxy server
  • Second generation: artificial intelligence controls electrical devices
  • Third generation: robot buddy who interacts with humans

From the point of view of where the intelligence of the domotic system resides, there are three different architectures:

Centralized Architecture: a centralized controller receives information of multiple sensors and, once processed, generates the opportune orders for the actuators.

Distributed Architecture: all the intelligence of the system is distributed by all the modules that are sensors or actuators. Usually it is typical of the systems of wiring in bus.

Mixed Architecture: systems with decentralized architecture as far as which they have several small devices able to acquire and to process the information of multiple sensors and to transmit them to the rest of devices distributed by the house.

APPLICATION 

  •  Heating, ventilation and air conditioning : it is possible to have remote control of all home energy monitors over the internet incorporating a simple and friendly user interface.
  • Lighting control system
  • Occupancy-aware control system: it is possible to sense the occupancy of the home using smart meters and environmental sensors like CO2 sensors,  which can be integrated into the building automation system to trigger automatic responses for energy efficiency and building comfort applications.
  • Appliance control and integration system  with the smart grid and a smart meter, taking advantage, for instance, of high solar panel output in the middle of the day to run washing machines.
  • Security system : a household security system integrated with a home automation system can provide additional services such as remote surveillance of security cameras over the Internet, or central locking of all perimeter doors and windows.
  • Leak detection, smoke and CO detectors      ALSO READ :   Fire protection and Detection systems
  • Indoor positioning systems
  • Home automation for the elderly and disabled  

The interconnection is either wireless (WiFi and Infra red) or by wire, however home automation does not guarantee 100% security it  is vulnerable to hacking.

Watch the video of a home automated house

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