Hottest innovations in construction

The building industry is known to be hard-nosed, rough, but certainly not ground breaking. At least that’s the public perception. However, innovations in the construction sector are continuously increasing. Why is this? Possibly, the reasons are the emerging trends of digitalization and artificial intelligence in which construction industry lags behind. These trends will affect every single building process – and eventually increase efficiency and productivity. Read below to find out about the hottest innovations in the construction sector.

All at a glance – from your desk.

Recently you are able to track building projects automatically and up-to-the-minute. Thus, you minimise travel and labour costs. For that, GISGeography informs people on their website about exposable sources for geographical data sets, maps, satellite imagery and about the corresponding software.
Use remote-controlled drones to detail the satellite-acquired information. Parrot Drones SAS is the world market leader in drone production for example. Formerly, workers and planners had to climb over building lots to check the status and progress. Now you can do this live on-screen, saving time and money. Plus, you are guaranteed higher labour safety and observation possibility.

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Doubtless, it is crucial to have the right customers. The question is: how do I find them? The slow approach is researching them yourself and utilising your network and contacts. Alternatively, you can hire someone to do this for you by hand. To avoid those endless investigations, you should automate the process by using intelligent search algorithms. The advantages are obvious: computers can work tirelessly and perform repetitive tasks. You detect building projects not only earlier but also faster and in larger numbers. You gain time by the process of automation. As result, time remains for other activities e.g. for sales, marketing or customer relations.

Apropos: Building Radar uses intelligent search algorithms to spot new construction projects.

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Technical innovations support and facilitate the human activity. The company German Bionic Systems GmbH produces Exoskeletons – wearable robot suits. They connect the supporting technique and strength of robots with human flexibility. Besides the medical and military branch, the robot suits turn out to be an increasingly attractive innovation for the construction sector. Exoskeletons help to perform exhausting movements, which diminish the bearing load of building workers. Thereby improving the health, the safety and the productivity of the workers. Sensors on the skin measure signals, which are transmitted through sensory nerve fibres in the muscles. Moreover, exoskeletons recognise the intention of the carrier and support the movement power-operated. Magazino GmbH from Munich has a different idea: they have developed perception-controlled robots to automate in-house logistics in warehouses. ProGlove developed an intelligent glove called ‘Mark’. Among others, ‘Mark’ allows the automatic and hands-free recording of all production steps.

Renovation by itself

Self-healing concrete is already popular in expert groups, but its market penetration is just ahead of us. The Dutch-Biologist Hendrik Marius Jonkers devised an organic concrete with admixed micro bacteria. These micro bacteria survive up to 200 years in the cement and fix future damages by producing limestone. For sure, this is a promising innovation for building and road making. It reduces maintenance costs for buildings, roads, and the entire infrastructure significantly – low CO2 Emissions included.

Virtual planning

Digital interconnectivity set a new trend in building industry: building information modeling (BIM). This software illustrates construction plans self-explained and in 3D. It informs about technical specifications and requirements, time schedules and building costs. Thereby, you design a project, record it and act it out right down to the last detail. You merge the acquired information digitally. Every participant grants access to it in real-time. This approach simplifies communication and coordination. Precisely in the construction business, in which a lot of different people work together like architects, artisans or builders. BIM self-synchronizes its database so that everyone is up-to-date. It counteracts misunderstandings and misconstructions efficiently. Even the German government realised the great potential of BIM. The planning tool will find its use in every public infrastructural project until 2020. And who knows: maybe the decision to build the Berlin Airport would have been considered twice if they had used BIM.

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  • Automation or AI is great, no doubt but do you see a value in supplementing these with human verification steps IE (qualifying) data?

    In my experience most of the value around construction project information comes down to naming the correct contact responsible for decisions like architects, engineers etc. Thoughts ?
    Regards
    Angelo Feltrin

    • simonwintter says:

      Dear Angelo

      Thank you very much for your helpful input on our blog post!

      Indeed, within the lead generation process, automation and AI are great supplements to business activity i.e. in the construction sector. Without any doubt, naming the correct contacts is crucial to gain value from construction projects. With the help of our search algorithms, you are able to contact and verify your leads faster and in a wider scope compared to traditional sales methods.

      Your Building Radar team!