Can new construction tech trends open opportunities for growth and improve efficiency in 2022? Here are three trends to keep an eye on in the coming year. From new concrete building technology to new ways to collaborate and manage a worksite, investigating these technologies could help reduce costs and get construction businesses running more smoothly.
3D printing has been around for a couple of decades, but until now it served mainly a few niche industries. There have been enough recent advancements in the technology, however, that 2022 could be the year of 3D printing for construction jobs. In fact, in the next two years, 3D printing in the construction market is expected to bring in $1.5 billion. The 3D concrete printing industry alone is expected to soar to $56.4 million. Companies that jump on this trend now could be setting themselves up for profits and improved builds down the road. Concrete 3D printing, in particular, is already starting to enter the marketplace. It allows construction professionals to save time, reduce overall waste, incorporate more recycled products, lower the ability for human error, and have more freedom when it comes to design.
Expect to see Augmented reality, or AR, on construction sites in 2022. AR tools like the one included on the ZTERS app (click here to download it for free on Google Play or here for the Apple Store) allow everyone from project engineers to crews to plan the placement of temporary site service rentals. View real-sized visuals to make sure they’ll fit in the space before you place an order. From choosing the right-sized dumpsters to figuring out how many portable toilets will fit in a space, the app lets you get the right products the first time. AR is changing the industry in other ways, too. From estimating materials needed to planning out landscaping and exterior builds, new AR apps could completely transform the way construction projects are managed.
Data Accessibility and Sharing
Connected technology makes it easier than ever to share data with all the people who make decisions for the project. As many companies discovered during the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual chat and meeting systems have evolved to the point where entire teams can participate in meetings and decisions no matter where they are. If the planning team is spread across multiple job sites in different states, conferencing and project management systems can keep everyone on track and working toward the same milestones. Products like Autodesk Construction Cloud have been around for a few years, but they’re constantly evolving and improving service offerings. Are you an Autodesk PlanGrid Build user? Use the ZTERS integration to place rental orders directly from the dashboard.
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