Ways the Construction Industry Will Change in 2018 and Beyond

New homes, businesses, and multi-unit buildings are always in demand, especially due to the population boom in the mid-state area. The need for new construction shows no signs of slowing down in 2018, but industry trends may experience some major changes in the months to come.

Builders are always looking for ways to make projects more economical, streamlined, and efficient, and several emerging trends will help companies accomplish those goals in 2018. Both minor and major changes in the industry will apply to builders of all sizes, including those that focus on small homes and businesses and those that specialize in mega projects, such as factories, schools, or skyscrapers.

At TA Staffing, we’ve identified 4 major ways the construction industry will change in the coming year and how you can take advantage of those advancements and refinements:

  1. Drone usage

    Scouting building sites and monitoring the progress of construction projects becomes significantly easier and more effective when it’s done from a bird’s eye view, but the costs of aerial photography was out of reach for many builders. However, the popularity of drones equipped with high-resolution cameras means that anyone can get high-definition still photography and video from thousands of feet in the air, giving builders and their foremen excellent visibility of projects both big and small.
  2. 3D printing

    3D printing has moved from a curiosity to an industry game-changer in just a few short years. China has already utilized the technology to manufactured full-sized concrete homes. Being able to manufacture parts and components on the fly reduces supply costs, speeds up the construction process, improve project planning methods and analysis, and creates greater reliability and consistency in materials.
  3. Virtual reality

    Three-dimensional mockups have been essential tools for architects and builders for many years, as they allow accurate insights into what finished buildings will look like long before their foundations are laid. But even the most graphically intensive and realistic 3D mockups are still limited to being viewed on a flat, two-dimensional surface of a smartphone, tablet, or computer screen.

    Virtual reality (VR) headsets are becoming more and more affordable and advanced, as are software programs supporting them. Being able to view and manipulate objects while fully immersed in a VR headset can give you greater insight into a finished product before you make major decisions and allow potential clients an opportunity for digital “walkthroughs” early in the design or construction process.
  4. New talent pool

    In 2017, many news outlets reported that the construction industry was facing a labor shortage. While that can make hiring more difficult for construction companies at the moment, 2018 and the years to come could see a major change in that trend, as more workers focus on industry-related skills and qualifications due to an abundance of professional opportunities. As the nation’s economy still recovers from the 2008 financial crisis that temporarily gutted the construction industry, experts say rising pay and avoidance of costly student loan debt could push more young people into jobs such as carpentry and masonry.
Posted by Jeff Bates at 7:00 AM
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