From blockchain to robotics: Discover 10 key trends that will transform the way MEP contractors work.
10 key trends and opportunities for 2020:
1. Offsite prefabrication
Prefabricated and modular construction methods are on the rise. By using standardized processes to assemble as much as possible off-site, costs and lead times are significantly reduced. Check out this article to see why offsite prefabrication is a game changer for your firm.
2. Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality projects a digital layer of information onto the user's field of view. The applications of this technology for the MEP industry are in full development.
An important theme remains the connection between the office and the building site. Using a 3D laser scanner, a point cloud can be created containing an accurate 3D representation of the site.
4. Cloud collaboration
Cloud collaboration tools help to connect project teams and phases. This enables secure and reliable collaboration, while everyone benefits from the same data.
The use of robotics and automated smart machines are helping boost productivity and accuracy while reducing overhead and waste.
6. Constructible content
Content is essential in BIM projects. More and more leading manufacturers are responding to the growing demand for high-quality content that can be built into reality.
7. Moving beyond BIM
BIM is increasingly being used to direct complex work processes. Not only in the design stage, but also in the calculation, production, execution and management stages.
8. Internet of Things
One of the biggest trends in the industrial sector at the moment is IoT. In the construction industry, this technology can help improve worker safety, maintenance, and tool tracking.
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9. Artificial Intelligence
Much like a ledger system, blockchain will allow construction professionals to record transactions. So-called smart contracts streamline otherwise sorely anticipated legal and regulatory delays. Read this article to find out what you need to know about blockchain in construction.
The future of construction is a Connected, Content-enabled and Constructible workflow. To learn more, take a look at this free guide "How the Constructible Process will Change the Construction Industry by 2020".