Twenty years ago it would take years for homes and buildings to be built. Today however, you can see hundreds of building pop up in one construction season. The reason for this is the advancement in technology and increase and demand. As technology continues to increase, so will our day to day lives. The construction industry, specifically, will continue to grow to provide for better architecture and growth in the world. Here are the following construction trends to look out for in the near future.
One great advancement in the future of construction technology is self-repairing concrete. It may not sound like much but self-repairing concrete, but it can actually be the key to driving and road safety. Researchers at various universities have been studying various properties that could be the key to developing roads that fix themselves. For one, researchers at Ghent University have developed a polymer that is added into concrete mix. When a road cracks, the polymers work to patch it up evenly. Delft University in the Netherlands have also developed a bacteria that is triggered to patch concrete when it is wet. These various technology enhancements will lead to better roads and less vehicle accidents and damage in the future.
Another advancement for the future of technology is smart roads. We’ve heard ideas of glow in the dark road markings and wind powered road lights. However, the future is very near as some companies are expected to develop solar energy roads. The idea is that cars would drive over these roads and ultimately produce power generation. Another type of road in development is piezoelectric roads. Roads would be build with piezoelectric crystals which release energy when pressure is on them. This would allow for the production of energy during a day to day commute. California is expected to be the first state to put these roads to the test.
The construction industry is really looking forward to making drones an important aspect of the industry. Not only do architects and engineers believe that drones will help come up with future projects and plans at a faster and more efficient rate, but drones are expected to cost waste and transportation costs. For one, drones would be able to deliver products without delays and at a quicker pace compared to current aircraft. Waste would also be cut as there would be less risk of damage or loss of product. The costs would also be cheaper as aircraft costs are much higher than drones. The future of drones will shape the way construction is perceived and focus on creating faster and more efficient projects.