Top 2022 Tech Trends in Construction

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Top 2022 Tech Trends in Construction

Having already looked at the trends in manufacturing we wanted to take you through some of the biggest themes you’re going to see in IT tech with the construction industry that you’ll see this year.

We’re covering 4 key trends and to keep up with the market you need to be ready to embrace these kinds of new technology. There’s a good chance you’ve already started using some in your own business, but to truly be successful you should start by opening your eyes to everything that is possible.

Digital Twins

To support building maintenance and operations in Industrialized Construction (IC), contractors are deploying digital twins of physical assets, processes, and systems. To avoid costly rework, digital twins are used as prototypes that collect real – world data to improve Building Information Modeling – BIM. Traditional design, production, and operation processes can be accelerated and automated with these new technologies, resulting in reduced downtime.

Part of our MTWO service actually assists with the creation of digital twins and our team helps you deploy and adopt the platform across your organization speeding up digitization and getting the ROI you expect.

Contractors are also using IC to decrease waste costs. The cost of plastic, steel, and other raw materials, as well as fuel, has risen dramatically. Contractors can align themselves with industry trends that apply sustainable and green building methods, consume fewer resources, and have a lower carbon footprint by incorporating new materials through IC and BIM.

For years, the construction industry has relied on 3D data to produce efficient and cost-effective projects. However, the rise of digital twins will be key in taking this to the next level. An accurate virtual model offers engineers data that may be used for future projects – accelerating construction with existing data. The digital twin is able to account for every aspect of the construction process, down to the materials and components used and so is a comprehensive way of modeling a project before starting it.

A digital twin gives the opportunity to integrate sustainability into design goals, at the beginning of the building’s lifecycle, and so can give information about its carbon footprint and energy efficiency before the building begins which allows for quick changes to be made to improve things like CO2 impact.

Mobile Devices and Apps

On job sites around the world, mobile phones and tablets are already widely used, with the majority of them making use of cloud computing. In 2022, the 5G wireless technology will be more widely available and that will allow users to communicate more efficiently, share large-scale drawings, and run resource-heavy apps without sacrificing speed or efficiency when using mobile devices.

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Mobile technology is being used by forward-thinking construction organizations to optimize processes and increase production rates. Using mobile technology, project managers and field workers can exchange information in real-time, including data collected at different sites, logs of working hours, and field reports on H&S issues. Particularly in the case of H&S, mobile apps offering location tracking that can map movement and ensure that teams are safe at all times. A mobile app can help with all of these administrative activities and utilizing low/no-code solutions the applications can be quickly built and deployed.

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of using mobile devices is being able to capture more complex information quickly. Photographing different areas of a site can capture the nature of any issues in a format that can be easily understood by anyone without the need to write complex emails to support findings. This can support internal efforts to improve or be a source of information that can be produced for the end customer to give them confidence that a project is on track.

AR and VR

In the construction business, the use of AR and VR is on the rise, with the former allowing computer-generated visuals to be superimposed on a device’s screen and the latter immersing wearers in a simulated world.

BIM data can be presented in an AR visual platform to help consultants, designers, and construction teams collaborate more effectively. Visualizing projects, simulating structural or architectural changes, and receiving immediate feedback are all possible with the use of real-world site views overlaid with images of structures and systems and their surrounding environment.

The use of augmented reality in safety equipment such as visors and goggles is full of potential, especially when combined with head-up displays. Employees have their hands freed up to accomplish activities while checking project paperwork, manuals, and checklists. With enough data, they can even see hidden structures or 3D models, and identify hazards and ways to avoid them.

Architects and other stakeholders can more easily collaborate when VR is used in conjunction with BIM. To begin, they use BIM to generate a building model, and then they use VR to walk through and around its virtual twin. Using this method, you may get a clear picture of the entire project, reduce modifications later in the project, and identify potential conflicts before the project ever begins. No matter where they are physically located, the members of a team can collaborate on a project together.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence provides the foundation for data-driven decision-making and automation systems that are becoming increasingly important in the construction industry.

For example, data gathered over the years on previous projects can be utilized in construction planning and scheduling, to anticipate future outcomes, optimize building design, analyze and reduce hazards, or in predictive logistical planning and scheduling. 

It is projected that AI, which allows computers and machines to mimic human intellect, will be utilized more frequently in conjunction with BIM and other technologies that use deep layers of data to gather insight. Additionally, the data can be used for machine learning (ML), a subset of AI in which computers learn from data using algorithms without being explicitly taught.

When it comes to drawing value from your data, our analytics and AI services are backed up by a team of data experts ready to guide you through process identification, data structures, analysis models, and much more.

To illustrate how AI and machine learning may help the construction sector right now, consider the following example. Project teams may be able to foresee delays, staff welfare, total project time, and expense overruns by monitoring the productivity of the workers and equipment. Or, it could even be possible for project planners to identify the most troublesome places to run construction operations by analyzing weather, traffic, and business activity data.

What’s next?

We’ve just covered 4 big trends for construction in 2022. But that doesn’t mean other technologies won’t spike in popularity before the year is over. The key thing when it comes to staying on top of trends is to keep learning – using articles like this to keep your finger on the pulse.

Putting these technologies into play? InTWO is ready to help, contact us today.