9 Construction Tech Trends to Watch in 2019 | The B1M

9 Construction Tech Trends to Watch in 2019 | The B1M


Technology is impacting the construction industry
like never before. From cloud-based collaboration and the development
of digital twins to robots, super-materials, wearable tech, pollution-eating buildings
and even artificial intelligence an incredible array of developments are helping to improve a sector that shapes how every human being on Earth is able to live their lives. These are the nine construction technology
trends to keep your eyes on in 2019. Rapidly moving from science fiction to reality
– robots are beginning to enter construction in a number of areas. From autonomous rovers that can increase the efficiency and detail of site inspections to mechanical arms that automate highly repetitive tasks like brick-laying and tying rebar, the robotic revolution looks set to gather significant pace in 2019. While the credibility of robots on live construction
sites has long been questioned, the last 12 months saw a number of real-world trials deliver their results and the unveiling of some astonishing developments. Now taken seriously, the debate has moved
on to how best to integrate robots, the impact they will have on existing job roles and the new skills that will be required as processes become automated. Building on this progress, the rise of artificial
intelligence (AI) is also beginning to have an impact on construction. From the major leaps taken in concepts like
predictive design at the project planning stage, to the rise of intelligent buildings
that learn how best to operate themselves and serve their users over time, the construction
sector will likely find itself at the core of the wider AI debate taking place across
our societies in the year ahead. Though fraught with challenges and inherently
disruptive, the rise of automation could give construction the efficiency, productivity
and safety breakthroughs it has sought for decades. Originally developed for military use and
for patient mobility and rehabilitation, exoskeletons are now beginning to appear on construction sites. Helping to protect workers from manual handling
injuries and the risk of hand-arm vibration, these mechanical suits that “augment”
with human operatives can also deliver considerable gains in productivity. Already being rapidly adopted across manufacturing,
live trials on construction sites in the past year have yielded results that look set to
drive the development and uptake of exoskeletons in our sector during 2019. Connected job sites use cloud technology to
make information about almost every aspect of their operation available to all the relevant
parties, regardless of whether those parties are on-site or elsewhere. From putting design information streamed from
a single point of truth into the palms of operatives, to information by geolocation,
remote site monitoring, personnel location tracking, live mark-ups and the seamless transfer
of as-built information connected job sites improve communication, productivity and safety for everyone involved in a project. With the intuitive technology supporting these
sites advancing and now more widely available than ever before, connected job sites are
only expected to become more commonplace in 2019. Meanwhile, developments continue to be made
in connecting people and consolidating systems through digital mapping engines that contain
and visualize construction data. New technology like Bluebeam “Atlas” – set
to be available in 2019 – is leveraging geospatial mapping to rethink mobile information
access. Mapping design and construction data onto a real-world job site, Atlas uses geo-location
to present project information from multiple systems relevant to your physical location, making traditional folder structures obsolete and streamlining any access-critical process like snagging, inspections and more. While autonomous vehicles continue to make
headlines in the consumer space, their adoption in the construction sector looks set to take notable strides forward in 2019. As with the field of robotics, the automation
of construction plant – particularly in relation to highly repetitive tasks – could
greatly improve productivity, whilst creating a safer work environment and helping to address
the industry’s shortfall in labour. At their Electric Site in Sweden, Volvo Construction
Equipment trialled electric autonomous vehicles in conjunction with electric human-operated
excavators to deliver a 40% improvement in efficiency as compared to a traditional set-up. Other concept vehicles under development by
the manufacturer include semi-autonomous electric excavators that can learn the careful movements
required to achieve grading or highly accurate levelling. The combined use of autonomous technology
and electric power enables work to take place around the clock without the need for breaks
or the disruptive noise levels that traditionally prevent such working. Meanwhile, Volvo’s Trucks business has made
progress in developing a concept fleet of fully autonomous electric vehicles that can
help combat pollution, noise and congestion in our cities by reducing emissions, planning optimum routes and responding to real-time traffic situations. With growing awareness of the impact that
construction has on our environment, technological advances are bringing numerous new material innovations to the fore. The recycling of hard-to-dispose-of waste
products has seen a significant increase, particularly in relation to plastics. Recent developments have seen the incorporation
of waste plastic into roadways and even its use as a material for 3D printing new building
components or structures. CO2 is another by-product being re-purposed
in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of the industry. At this project in Atlanta, CO2 was injected
into the concrete mix used in the building’s structure. This carbon dioxide becomes trapped
inside the concrete as it cures while chemical reactions within the mix form limestone nanoparticles,
that increase the overall compressive strength of the final material. Staying with one of construction’s most
popular materials “Self-healing concrete” is mixed with calcite-precipitating bacteria. These bacteria germinate when water enters the cracks in decaying concrete, filling the
emerging air gaps. Other areas to watch include the continued
rise of “kinetic paving” that harvests energy from the footsteps of pedestrians to generate
electricity, “4D-printed structures” that have the
ability to re-shape or self-assemble over time by virtue of how different elements of
their composition respond in differing conditions and “smog-eating buildings” coated in
photocatalytic titanium dioxide that reacts with light to neutralise pollutants in the
air of some of the world’s most congested cities. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – also known
as “drones” – are set to become increasingly common on construction projects throughout
2019. From undertaking inspections ensuring that
operatives are kept out of harm’s way, to surveying vast areas of land in just a few
minutes, the continued rise of UAVs will considerably improve safety and productivity in construction. In a similar vein to robotics and the rise
of automation, debate in this field has matured from one around feasibility to consider the
steps needed for a successful implementation – with safety, approvals, privacy, the need
for suitable legislation and the urgent demand for specialist skill sets all on the agenda. While virtual reality (or VR) has traditionally
enabled project teams and stakeholders to step inside their proposed schemes before
construction works commence – the technology is finding countless new applications across
the industry as 2019 dawns. From enabling walkthroughs of complex site
logistics plans in advance, to supporting health and safety awareness training – VR use has matured in construction and made a largely successful transition from its early
days of novelty into a number of practical uses. In hardware developments, HP’s Virtual Reality
Backpack PC allows VR users to enjoy a more realistic “untethered” experience, adding
to authenticity and improving outcomes. Meanwhile, developments continue to be made
in augmented reality (or AR). The technology provides a digital overlay
of our real-world view, offering a range of data to site personnel – from design information,
to statistics on productivity and health and safety warnings. The use of 3D printing technology is advancing
rapidly in the construction sector at all scales. Accurate digital design information allows
3D printing to be used for everything from rapid prototyping, component manufacture and
scale modelling, to the full-scale printing of house and bridge components. With a number of prototype structures completing
in the past year, countless larger trials proving successful and ambitious plans to
3D print entire housing districts in development, 2019 looks set to be the year that 3D printing
moves from the fringes of construction to become a credible structural solution. The construction industry shapes our world,
affects how almost every person on earth is able to live their lives and enables the majority
of other businesses and service sectors to operate. In that context, ensuring that the built environment
is operating as effectively as possible is of critical importance to the sustainability
and successful development of the human race. By harnessing the data from the digitally
enabled built assets we are now creating, our homes, offices and in turn cities can
all be operated in a smarter, more efficient, useful and environmentally friendly way. Furthermore, the data arising can be used
to assess trends and to inform the design of future buildings, infrastructure projects
and even large-scale city-wide master-plans. With the effective development of our urban
environments on the agenda of countless governments and authorities around the world, we expect
to see the importance of this area increase significantly in 2019. If you enjoyed this video and would like toget more from the definitive video channel for construction, subscribe to The B1M.

100 thoughts on “9 Construction Tech Trends to Watch in 2019 | The B1M

  1. The rise of technology could create new construction job roles that don’t yet exist – https://youtu.be/HZCLqYREaTs

  2. I like this channel, but let's be honest, you can get away with having nearly everything you say get taken as credible if you do it in a smooth British accent with sexy video editing skills. While most of the things here really do have a lot of promise….there's also a lot of wank too. The most infuriatingly bad proposal, the dumb idea that just WILL NOT DIE, has to be the pavement or sidewalk thing that "harvests the energy of pedestrian footsteps". This is not going to become a thing. Ever. Please look into how these things actually (don't) work. It would take years of foot traffic to power a single kettle boil, probably centuries to ever pay back the energy cost of their construction and manufacture. They're a scam that just won't die.

  3. Always a great show! I do trim carpentry mostly, I could see a robot doing basic moldings, but not the complex problem solving I usually have to do. [for now anyway]

  4. This is incredible work. What about the rise of alternate housing like tiny homes, green homes or mobile homes? Could you do a video on that?

  5. Job should be decreasing right? I mean the more we automate job there will be few job for people yet human population is rising

  6. Would love to speak to the operators of those electric excavators. Bet they're not as glowing in their evaluation as this vid.

  7. The biggest improvement to the construction industry (especially in the uk) is to knock on the head these tier 1 'construction' companies that work on costplus like contain. Purely there to shift the blame if a job goes tits up. They make a killing by sitting on jobs and charging the client accordingly by the day.

    Ask any worker on guaranteed day rate whether they'll work faster and they'll laugh at you. You're not gonna work yourself out of a job, are you?

  8. Kinetic paving is a crazy idea – a 5 minute back of envelope calc by any competent engineer will tell you that. It's far more likely that you'll see the widespread uptake of chocolate teapots.

  9. I work at a company in Edmonton Canada called Serious Labs that's involved in the development of virtual reality for the construction industry. It's really exciting to see how far this technology has come and where it will go in the future. https://seriouslabs.com/

  10. Hola buenísimo vídeo, los felicito por informar sobre las nuevas tendencias tecnológicas. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂

  11. This is great news, I love Robots but detest robot voices as narrators on videos such as this! Just to let you know if you ever put a robot voice in your videos you can go to hell! I hate the bloody things!

  12. Why is any brit interested in 3d printing homes and modern constructions when everything they build is made of traditional ugly bricks, I’ve never been to a more bleak and depressing country, except maybe the london area

    None the less well made videos

  13. Interesting trends to watch this year. There's lots of potential to improve the health of people working and living around these buildings, during and after construction.

  14. and the humans that did those jobs, what do they do ? and please dont dribble the same old bullshit, because there nothing for them to do once its all done by machines its game over, and that's the plan. fuck these channels make such positive bullshit ,

  15. All I see here with this technology is loss of jobs. If robotics take over so much, where are all the trades workers going to go? On unemployment? This is all absolute garbage that's going to ruin lives of ordinary people. The only ones who will benefit are the multi milionares who own these companies that won't have to pay workers anymore and will invest in robots instead.

  16. 7:40 those tiles to generate electricity by walking are a really stupid idea and won't work.

    Walking over them is going to slow people down so everyone is going to avoid using them. Plus it takes more human energy to walk over those, that means people are going to eat more > the need for food will increase > more energy used to create more food > more waste of energy.

  17. Augmented reality hardware is considerably more complex to engineer and manufacture over virtual reality. Most augmented reality systems are still very firmly left in the hands of the military and large, top caliber engineering firms because of their extreme costs and demand for near super computer like hardware just to work reliably. Give it another 5 years and augmented reality will be as affordable and usable as current day virtual reality gaming headsets.

  18. 1:40 IT'S NOT REAL! IT'S NOT REAL! . . oh mommy tell me the monsters aren't doing parkour now, say it ain't so, say it ain't so, sa ha hay it ain't so oo oo oh :_(

  19. Robots are overrated, as Elon Musk and Tesla discovered when they tried to over-automate the Model 3 assembly lines. The truth is that robots won't be very useful for most tasks on most construction job sites. They are much too complex to automate successfully. Even just navigating on a job site is going to be a major task to automate for a robot.

    I also don't see a lot of applications for AI in the building trades. While you were talking about AI the video was showing examples of traditional CAD programming. No AI involved! So-called smart building technologies are actually just scheduling problems better solved with direct programming. There's no need to "discover" when lights and heat should be turned on when people can just tell the building with switches and thermostats that they would like lights and heat immediately.

  20. I am a Developer and I'm the reason you all are losing your Jobs. But dont worry I will be losing mine by 2060 or so and all jobs will be lost by 2100.

    This is not a bad thing, humans will be able to explore our planet with our curiosity and we will still be paid with Universal Basic Income.

    None of this is bad, Humans are not workers they are thinkers. We evolved to be intelligent and gather information. We will have more time for loved ones / hobbies / living more healthy and more fulfilled lives.

    It's called Democratic Socialism and it is the Future. You may disagree but your not a Developer working on AI are you…

    Or the Robots kill us… its 50 /50

    Ps- Stop dropping your phone its telling the toaster…

  21. Thanks for this video!
    I am fascinating by all upcoming new technology in the next generations. All technology, robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, VR, AR are great.

  22. Robots are scary……I really see Terminator becoming a reality, mixed with China style hypocrisy, censorship/human rights violations, and black box "leadership/government". With a touch of elysium.

  23. Electric trucks don't need to stop for food or toilet breaks.
    Splendid ! ……is there a plan for displaced worker's ?
    Probably just a war of attrition to speed up depopulation.

  24. All this amazing technology just to build cities like boring, characterless, sterile Dubai? I hope the next generation is a little more creative than that. We don't need another collection of tall, skinny, generic, UGLY monstrosities.

  25. All new constructions should be made in such a way that isn't harmful for the environment. I love the examples this channel gave in other videos 🙂
    To the data aspect mentioned at the end of this video: the collected data must be publicly available.

  26. Together, we will change the world! Let's use technology to save the planet, fix global warming and build the future with a complete respect of nature! We have been gifted with such a beautiful planet!

  27. A.I. is really good and efficient especially in businesses but imagine if this replace people it will affect the livelihood of too many peoples lives in a negative way unemployment rate will rise.

  28. Virtual and drones and dash cams could make traveling safer for people planning routes unexplored by posting on YouTube.

  29. https://youtu.be/BJMm7iI6pxY

    Very touching feature I came across while attending webinar for Engineering News Record this past week. Kudos to speaker and young people such as Adrian Russell making major contributions to the industry!!!!!

  30. Global smart robots market is valued at $4.94 Billion in 2018 and is expected to reach around $15.29 Billion by 2024 at a CAGR of 23.10%.

    Request a sample report @ https://www.envisioninteligence.com/industry-report/smart-robots-market/?utm_source=yt-anusha

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