South Africa’s struggling economy remains an area of concern however; the construction industry has turned subsequent challenges into opportunities. As such, 2019 has presented us with a variety of construction trends, most of which suggest technology as the game changer. Africa has a rapidly growing population of young individuals and, along with the introduction of new technologies; we have the opportunity to develop young talent within the construction industry.
Here are some trends to watch out for as we approach the last half of the year.
Offering more than just aerial imagery, drones are instrumental in the construction industry. A few applications include:
- Land surveying
- Thermal images
- Remote monitoring and site surveillance
- Time-lapse videos
- Manipulating data using state-of-the-art software
According to Bigrentz, drones in the construction industry are currently increasing at a rate of 239% per year.
The rise of Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a unique 3D model-based process that gives professionals the insight and tools to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. BIM’s popularity is steadily increasing as it is being used to predict job costs while providing an indication of how materials and structures will hold up over time.
Improved safety through technology
A report conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics found that 82% of contractors who use wearable technology see instant safety improvements. Some devices alert managers when issues occur on site, therefore improving response time when injuries occur. One of our favourite innovations is that by Smart Cap, which uses brain waves to monitor fatigue. In addition to this, drones are now being used to improve site safety through site inspections, observations and safety audits.
Although some of these technologies are not yet available in South Africa, we have no doubt that they will soon become standard within our industry.
Although not technology-related, green construction is taking precedence in the industry as more and more people seek “green” lifestyles. In the construction industry, we’ve started using environmentally friendly materials while engaging in sustainable practices such as:
- Solar energy
- Developing smart buildings
- Using alternative building materials (wood, recycled plastic, bamboo, etc.)
Balance SM goes on to explain that 20% of global emissions are directly attributable to the construction industry. Green building practices can therefore go a long way in supporting, rather than harming, the environment.
The world is changing at a rapid rate and at Koolcon, we place emphasis on adapting to these demands in order to meet the needs of our valued clients. For a quote contact us here: https://koolcon.co.za/contact-us/