Tuesday, May 22, 2018

PBC Today’s Top Technology Advances in Construction

Planning and Building Control Today, a publication in England, has named these the Top Trends in construction today.
1. Virtual Reality Virtual reality was initially created as an instrument to make video games more immersive but, as the technology has developed, it’s branched into several other sectors, namely that of the construction industry. 2. Augmented Reality Augmented reality is a live, duplicated view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by a computer-generated sensory input. Virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one, while augmented reality takes the real world and adds to it with — in the case of architecture — a 3D model of your design. 3. Modular construction Whilst modular construction may not be entirely new to the industry, it is certainly experiencing a rise in popularity and gaining lots of media attention. This could be down to the fact that modular construction offers an affordable, sustainable and efficient construction solution. 4. 3D and 4D modelling Today, building companies that wholly use 2D representations are relying on outdated methods. It’s likely that 3D modelling is the BIM we are most familiar with – 3D models from BIM look like the world around us. They’re transferrable. With data embedded in the model, they add a dimension present in the world that can’t be achieved in 2D. 5. Offsite Offsite techniques have been around for a while, but its ever-expanding adoption throughout the industry is creating much debate around its possibility of addressing some the housing shortage issues. 6. Drones/UAVs Drones are rapidly replacing traditional land-surveillance methods and in turn changing the way the construction industry works. Drones offer several benefits on building sites: they allow builders an edge on their competition, help save time for land developers during site surveys, and assist the process of meeting safety standards. Not only can drones offer these advantages, but they are also now more affordable than ever! 7. Green/Sustainable construction Sustainable construction encompasses almost all levels of construction, from the design of buildings to the materials and technologies utilised, right down to the energy and resource efficiency of a building. 8. 3D printing 3D printing can play a massive role in reducing construction waste. It also increases efficiencies during the building process and allows materials to be reused at the end of the building’s life, rather than ending up as landfill. 9. BIM BIM is the process of creating and managing information digitally across a construction projects life-cycle. It is the digital description of absolutely every aspect of the built asset. BIM can offer so many advantages from smoother collaboration to a constant supply chain of information that can help assess the risks and vulnerabilities of a project. CLICK HERE to read the entire PBC Today article

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