While the traditional view of construction remains, heavy machinery, hard hats and scaffolding, the industry is being transformed by technology.
We researched five technologies that are impacting construction and found some great articles and links for you to delve into….put that kettle on !
Drones are arguably one of the biggest things in construction tech right now. We looked at this in an article on our Hardy Services parent site – the financial implications alone are staggering.
The uses are varied – from improving safety and conducting safety inspections to promotional videos.
Hardy Services | The Sky Is No Limit
Institution of Civil Engineers | How can drones transform construction processes?
Chartered Institute of Building | Time for UK construction to step up drone use ?
Drones In Construction | Benefits & risks
Tech World | 22 companies using drones right now
Chartered Institute of Building | UK Construction Adopts Drones Faster Than Any Other Sector
Construction News | Using drones: Legal implications for construction
3D printing is advancing rapidly. It´s now possible to build complete cars and houses using this technology.
Whilst initial investment can be steep, organisations are seeing reduced supply times and transportation costs amongst many benefits.
The Economist | 3D printing and its impact on the construction industry
3D Printing Industry | Top 10 3D Printed Construction Innovations
Disruption Hub | 3D Printing: Disrupting the Construction Industry
Designing Buildings | 3d printing in construction
Just when you thought 3D printing was revolutionary, along comes 4D – yes 4D printing !
So what is it ? We liked this definition from a talk on Ted.com :
TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time.
The B1M | What is 4D Printing?
Richard Van Hooijdonk | You think 3D printing is revolutionary? Here’s 4D to up the ante
TED Talk | The Emergence of 4 D Printing
Design Exchange Mag | Can 4D Printing Be A Game Changer In Architecture?
FW:Thinking | 4D Printing is the Future of Design (video)
Kinetic paving is a new concept that harvests energy from the footsteps of pedestrians moving around a building or a public space and converts it into electricity.
We´re really interested to see if this technology takes off !
The Guardian | The floor tiles that use foot power to light up cities
Washington Post | This Dupont Circle sidewalk turns footsteps into power
You can´t have missed the personal end of VR with names like Occulus, HTC Vive, Playstation VR appearing everywhere.
How about in construction though ? It could be a game changer…
AEC Business |Virtual Reality for Construction