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