The construction industry, just like any other industry has evolved and will continue to evolve over the next 50 years. People are going to need improved and affordable housing systems that are constructed from cost-effective and environmentally sustainable materials. Factors that are going to promote innovation and growth in construction field include 3D printing, BIM technology and increased government spending. This article covers some of the areas where construction industry will experience drastic changes.

Eco-friendly buildings and neighborhoods

Architects and planners have adopted a trend of establishing eco-friendly buildings. This trend is expected to continue in future. Buildings and other structures will be designed and constructed with nature in mind. There will be increased use of organic materials that allow less pollution, better energy efficiency and less impact on the environment. As climate change continues to cause water shortage, engineers will devise sustainable ways to conserve it. It will reach a point where engineers will construct buildings that collect and use rainwater and use photosynthetic energy.

Increase in Jobs

With the increase in technological advancement, many construction workers may fear that their roles will be replaced with robotics. This will not be the case because more skilled workers will still be required to operate these machines. Also, more workers will still be employed to perform roles that robots can't do. However, there will be a slight change in the ways of construction. Construction practices will change from use of hands to a hybrid system that encourages the use of traditional construction practices and technology.

Use of Robotics in Construction

We are not talking about the use of robots in place of construction workers, but specialized machines to construct sophisticated buildings. As stated earlier, human beings are still going to be needed to operate these machines or to do roles that robots can't do. Robotic machines will be used to create flush systems and repair risky sites. Buildings will be built with no safety worries and at a greater speed. Painting, concrete floor finishing, moving steel beams and other large-scale construction projects will be completed by use of robots at a certain point.

Use of Drones

Image courtesy of Aligned Insurance.
Image courtesy of Aligned Insurance.

In the next fifty years, drones will be used to perform various construction tasks more accurately. They will help engineers and architects picture the way their designing and construction strategies will be executed. They will use drones to collect and transmit concise data. Additionally, drones will replace manpower when performing certain tasks. For instance, a team of professionals at the University of Pennsylvania has even developed drones that can build nearly any structure. If more sophisticated drones are designed, workflow time will be reduced than before.

Use of improved imaging

In the future, Architects and Engineers will start to use 3D printing in construction. How is it possible? Currently, the United States Department of Defense uses holographic prints to produce plans of various city blocks. This technology will continue to produce plans for various architectural projects. Advancement in imaging will make new construction projects more effective and display project proposal with ease. The cost of 3D printing will become the ideal work environment for Planners, Engineers and Architects.

These are some of the ways the construction industry will change in the next 50 years. As you have read from the highlights above, major drastic changes will be seen in jobs, technology and manpower.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of carbon, alloy and stainless steel in pipe, tube, fittings and flanges.