The modern construction site looks different than it did 20 years ago, 10 years ago, and even 5 years ago. Technology and industry trends are driving developers to do things differently, from changes in high-level planning to finding ways to detect minute leaks. Check out these top six constructions trends that are changing work sites in 2019 to get a glimpse into what the future of development looks like.
Adoption of Artificial Intelligence
There are several AI tools that construction firms can use to improve their building processes. AI has been used to prevent site accidents through temperature and movement monitoring, identify problems like water leaks, and alert workers to unsafe conditions. Through sensors and data collecting, AI is the future of safe construction.
Increased Drone Use
Construction is one of the fastest growing markets for drone users. In 2017, drone use on construction sites skyrocketed 239% compared to the year before, beating out mining, agriculture, and surveying. Developers use drones to check the site progress, make estimates, and capture footage of the construction process over time.
Continued Investment in Construction Tech
Drones and AI aren’t the only tools construction companies will soon have at their fingertips. In the first three quarters of 2018, construction tech firms raised $1.27 billion, a 124% increase on the funds raised in all of 2017. Expect startups across the country to try and “disrupt” construction sites with new processes, materials, and gadgets.
High Potential for Infrastructure Spending
Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Trump have said infrastructure investments, from road improvement to high-speed rail, are priorities for their agendas. This could mean big contracts for some companies and demand for construction work as a whole. As long as infrastructure stays a bipartisan issue, there are potential opportunities on the horizon.
Gen Z is Entering the Workforce
Workplaces across the country are becoming more diverse in age, with more than 75% of managers saying they lead a multi-generational team. Generation Z is now starting to enter the workforce, these are workers born between 1995 and 2010, or people age nine to 22. These workers are digital natives, meaning they are more familiar with technology and look for employers that give them opportunities to learn and grow.
Knowing these trends can prepare you for future changes to your work site. You can use the best tools possible to finish your projects quickly and on budget.
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