Top Technological Trends in Construction to Watch Closely

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We are excited about the pace of development of the construction sector in just the last few years and we’re positive that this technological adoption will elevate everyone to greater heights.

1. Large Scale 3D Printing

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3D printing in general, on a smaller scale have been around for a while. However, it has grown into a formidable and very useful tool in construction over the years.  

3D printing materials and parts of a building is completed much faster due to the automated machines that require little human intervention and without the need for additional tools.  

3D printing in construction has also seen its growth in Singapore where 3D printing devices were used to build landscape and architectural features in HDB estates, such as benches and pavilions.  

Adding on to the quicker, cost effective and less labour-intensive process of using 3D printing technology, there is also now potential to expand the designs of buildings compared to more traditional precast designs.

Check out two companies 3D printing homes: https://www.alquist3d.com/https://www.iconbuild.com/  

2. Visualisation and Extended Reality (XR)

Augmented reality is one of the branches of XR and is a rapidly growing market, making waves in the construction industry.

AR for Construction can be used to later details and elements onto a building plan or blueprint so architects or clients can have a visual idea of how a building or a new installation would look like, before its being built. This can help save time, money and help to make better decisions for all stakeholders.  

AR can also educate and train new workers on the right way to use construction equipment or heavy machinery with little risk of injury, while also providing equal levels of hands-on training.  

Check out two companies using enterprise AR for construction: https://www.arvizio.io/https://gamma-ar.com/  

3. Smart Contracts (using Blockchain)

Blockchain technology is one of the fastest growing trends of this era. Apart from its immediate application and derivatives, it is being actually used in many industries, from government to finance.

They also have a part to play in the construction industry, through the concept of Smart Contracts. On a high level, smart contracts allow for easier, all-in-one tracking system with set rules and deadlines which allow parties to buy, track and pay for services instead of sourcing them from separate entities. It permits trusted transactions and agreements to be carried out among disparate, anonymous parties without the need for a central authority, legal system, or external enforcement mechanism.

Smart contracts offer a wide range of benefits ranging from automated supply chain, faster transactions between parties, improved project tracking and much more.

Doxa Connex utilises smart contracts to record, authenticate and verify all transactions conducted between contractors, supplier, and vendors (and even developers, architects, consultants upstream) within the platform. Learn more about how we’re helping to transform the Built Environment today.

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