The world is a very different place than it used to be ten years ago. Since 2007, technology has rapidly evolved and changed the way that we interact with each other. Technology has not only been a social boon; many industries, if not all, have been affected by technology in a positive way. One industry that has seen a serious technological boost is that of construction. From cloud-based communication programs to the latest in drone technology, the construction industry has a lot to be excited about.

Drone Technology

Probably one of the most popular markets in the last few years is that of the drone; and it is only going to continue to grow. According to a report from the Federal Aviation Administration, drone sales are expected to grow from 2.5 million to 7 million by 2020. Drones have become an increasingly popular hobby, allowing users to hover above the city streets or rural landscapes in order to video record or capture aerial photographs. And while it may be a fun hobby, drones also have an incredible practical use in the world of construction.  One particularly effective use for the hovering machines is to monitor any construction site with ease. Site managers can fly their drone above the site and instantly assess the amount of material available, layout of plans and dimensions of work being put in. Drones can also relay any data they capture to computer systems in real time, streamlining the process immensely.

3D Printing

Like something out of a science fiction novel, 3D printing has become increasingly popular in the construction industry as well. Through the use of synthetic materials, large robots can sculpt fully three-dimensional objects using a computer schematic. 3D printed objects range from simple geometric shapes to incredibly complex buildings. This video even shows a robot 3D printing a small bridge. These automated robots can simplify the process of manufacturing large scale objects much more efficiently.  

Project Management Applications

Technology has allowed communication on the construction field to become more seamless than ever before. With management applications such as Fieldwire, project managers can easily be involved in every aspect of the process. The application allows managers to upload blueprints and schematics to the cloud and grants 24/7 access to all of those involved in the project. Managers, supers and foremen can also easily share documents and notes back and forth with ease. The application even comes with a calendar, allowing managers to assign tasks directly from the application. And there are several other applications similar to Fieldwire, each with their own pros and cons, ultimately working to make the task of construction easier.

Clearly technology is being harnessed to make the construction process infinitely simpler. For example, a Chinese development company built a 57 story building in less than 3 weeks through the use of automated robots. And with the rapid development of technology, construction has a bright future ahead.