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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

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.

 

Reading:

Hardy Services | The Sky Is No Limit

Drone Life | The Evolution of an Industry: Drones are Changing Construction Worksites, for Good

Institution of Civil Engineers | How can drones transform construction processes?

GOV.UK | Unlocking the UK’s high tech economy: consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK

GOV.UK | Impact assessment: registration requirements for drones

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

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.

 

Reading:

The Economist | 3D printing and its impact on the construction industry

3D Printing Industry | Top 10 3D Printed Construction Innovations

Forbes | This #Startup Is Disrupting The #Construction Industry With 3D-Printing Robots

ViaTechnik | 3D Printing and Looming Changes In the Construction Industry

Disruption Hub | 3D Printing: Disrupting the Construction Industry

Designing Buildings | 3d printing in construction

 

 

4D Printing

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.

 

Reading:

The B1M | What is 4D Printing?

Disruption Hub | New materials for 3d and 4d printing bring disruption to the construction business 

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?

Wired | 4D printing sees materials form themselves into anything 

Smithsonian | Forget the 3D Printer: 4D Printing Could Change Everything

FW:Thinking | 4D Printing is the Future of Design (video)

 

 

Kinetic Paving

As defined by Fred Mills, writing for B1M

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 !

Reading:

The B1M | 3 Awesome Construction Material Innovations

Treehugger | Modular Sidewalk Paving harnesses Solar & Kinetic Energy

Inhabitat | Pavegen’s kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages

The Guardian | The floor tiles that use foot power to light up cities

Schwartz Report | Modular Sidewalk Paving System Harvests Solar & Kinetic Energy, And Is Made From Recycled Plastic

Washington Post | This Dupont Circle sidewalk turns footsteps into power

 

 

Virtual Reality

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…

 

Reading:

ViaTechnik | 50 Virtual Reality Technologies in Architecture & Engineering

Fortune | How this 150-year-old building company uses virtual reality

Geekwire | How construction companies are using virtual reality to plan, build and manage complicated projects

AEC Business |Virtual Reality for Construction

Sourceable | How Virtual Reality Will Change the Construction Sector

Osborne | Virtual reality: a game-changer for the construction industry