Construction is often seen as a conventional industry that largely uses traditional methods. However, many businesses are using exciting and innovative techniques, and becoming familiar with them will help you provide a better service to your customers and gain additional work.
Modeling techniques that provide a virtual view of the finished project can ensure complete customer satisfaction and avoid expensive mistakes. By letting the customer see exactly what they will be getting, you can be sure it's what they want and will be able to make required changes before getting too far.
Once the project is underway, modular construction is being used more frequently to produce many of the building elements off-site. Unlike earlier pre-fabricated buildings, these modern versions are of at least equal quality to those created by traditional methods and offer many benefits:
- better manufacturing methods and quality control in factory conditions
- faster construction due to elements being produced in parallel and delivered to site exactly when needed with less bottlenecks
- fewer vehicle movements as a result of planned deliveries
- safer working through reduced exposure to the elements.
There is a trend towards greener buildings and that's reflected in increasing demands from customers to incorporate environmental features. These comprise:
- solar installations that are beginning to include photovoltaic glazing that turns a whole building into a solar panel
- efficient layouts and use of natural lighting and ventilation to reduce energy needs
- creating electricity from kinetic energy produced by the movement of people or vehicles
- use of better materials, such as concrete that self-repairs cracks to prevent harmful emissions and better insulation to prevent heat loss through walls.
Technology is featuring more and more in construction, leading to better sharing of data between all parties involved in a project. That results in better collaboration, reduced duplication, quicker resolution of issues, smoother progress in general and overall cost savings.
Effective asset mapping shows where equipment needs to be installed in a building and, once there, means all features of that equipment can be recorded. By connecting to real-time software, performance can be monitored, maintenance undertaken when needed and operating costs can be reduced.
The availability of 3D printers using concrete and composites means companies can produce forms that are not possible with traditional methods. This allows many different styles to be incorporated and reduces building costs through automated processes.
Integrated systems enable smart buildings with automated building controls available to property occupiers. This leads to better security, improved environment through more adaptive controls and, overall, a more efficient building.
Playing Your Part
Depending on the size of your company, many of the more complex innovations may be beyond your capabilities. Nevertheless, you need to be aware of what's possible so you can serve your customers to the best of your ability. Additionally, you'll often work with others and you have to be prepared so you can contribute to the overall success of the project.