Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a leading supplier of carbon, alloy and stainless steel in pipe, tube, fittings and flanges.
The construction industry has a bright future. In the next 50 years, there will be more jobs and new techniques that suit people who have specific preferences at construction sites.
New Construction Technology
Because there are new technologies at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, robots may tackle various construction projects in the future. The students at the school have developed bots that look like termites. These bots can build many small buildings without any supervision. According to industry experts, construction companies will only use these bots during dangerous or risky building projects.
Eco-Friendly Building Materials
Many construction businesses will buy self-healing concrete 50 years from now. Eric Schlangen and Henk Jokers developed this concrete by mixing various spores together. After the nutrients are activated in water, the spores consume calcium lactate and produce lactite. If self-healing concrete continues to evolve, construction workers will use it to eliminate cracks and costly maintenance.
Builders will also use better sustainable materials during the construction phase. A few companies are already using foam material that is made from bamboo, kelp, or hemp. Foam has good moisture properties and solid heat resistance, so mold never grows on the surfaces.
New Design Opportunities
Although many businesses may still use familiar construction techniques, innovative construction methods will dominate the industry in the future.
There is a company in Indonesia that has a design for a 99-story building that looks like various flower petals. Thanks to its unique design, the structure will harness energy from the wind by funneling air currents into different energy sources. In addition, the team will place solar panels in a number of locations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Another construction company plans to build a skyscraper out of trash. The Organic London Skyscraper has durable panels because the builders will combine discarded paper with plastic waste.
According to Colin Guinn of 3-D Robotics, drones will help engineers and architects tackle various construction tasks more accurately. Drones are already building structures in Switzerland; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology developed bots that have the ability to construct rope bridges.
In the future, construction workers will use drones to view structures at a high level. Because the bots can fly to different locations, builders can increase their workflow visibility dramatically.
Currently, many industries are using 3-D printing to make small structures. However, future 3-D technologies will help workers create materials directly at the construction site.
3-D printing is very useful during the collaboration process because it helps designers make better decisions. Design teams will use the technology when they plan and sequence advanced assemblies.
Construction companies that use 3-D printers today mainly print concrete materials. The technology is not every efficient because it prints concrete slowly. However, over the next few years, the machinery will print concrete within hours instead of weeks.
As the technology evolves, more construction companies will use 3-D to build houses. The homes will be built fast because the 3-D houses use less materials than traditional homes.