Technological advancements are taking place around the globe in every industry, and the construction industry is no exception. Construction project management is the process by which you can manage the resources of different construction projects with the help of various tools to control time, cost, and quality.
Construction project management has a distinct set of goals and constraints, such as time. Here are the most important prominent and developing trends in the construction project management industry in 2020.
Construction project management software
Owning construction project management software is an essential component for persisting competitiveness, development and growth of the process, and increasing its efficiency. The software becomes the link between all associates. The software includes various tools that help in the planning process like calendars, to-do lists, task management, and events. The integration of construction project management functionalities such as forums, chats, messaging, and whiteboards also make it possible to transact and edit files together along with other members. Some construction project management software specializes in scheduling, while others specialize in collaboration. Hybrid construction project management software combines both scheduling and collaboration, thus increasing efficiency. Construction project management software is easy to work with, has ample functionalities, and is adaptable in a multi personal environment. Check the data protection standard before acquiring the software, which differs from provider to provider.
Building with IoT
The Internet of Things presents the construction project management sector with completely new opportunities. Wirelessly networking and internet-enabled sensors increase efficiency, safety, and time management. Building software for construction project management should include essential functionalities like fire alarms, access control, intrusion detection systems, and emergency call systems connected via the shared network. The sensors installed in IoT based software can register unusual movements and send back signals to the main centre, such as the police station, fire brigade, or emergency services. You can increase the efficiency of construction by controlling heating, lighting, and ventilation through the internet in this software. IoT enabled software can also help in maintenance purposes such as monitoring services.
Artificial Reality and Augmented Reality (AR and AI)
Artificial intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) have developed at an increasing rate in the past decade. It has impacted the construction project industry by ensuring greater efficiency. Augmented Reality (AR) helps to minimize construction costs and increased safety in the entire building construction cycle. AR and AI-enabled software to imitates human cognitive tasks. That means it can recognize patterns and can resolve problems independently without any human help. Forecast models in AI can calculate real-time constraints for better project control. Another essential component of artificial intelligence is machine learning that also helps in construction project management. Computer system software can learn from data based on analytical methods so that the programmer does not have to update the computer system software with new data. So with time, there is no need for human intervention. A computer system can work on its own and resolve problems that may arise in construction projects. It will also help to reduce costs by cutting off laborers.
AR facilitates the following:
- 360-degree visualization of upcoming projects along with their surrounding environment.
- Automated building measurements.
- Quick and reliable architectural and structural changes.
- Safety training manual and hazard simulations.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps to reduce costs and risks in planning and construction processes. By using Building Information Modeling (BIM), conflicts that may appear in the planning and construction phases may virtually resolve before they even occur in the construction site. Building Information Modeling (BIM) helps in the exchange of information through the system and tracks the real-time progress of all projects. The Building Information Modeling (BIM) is successful because of the cloud. The cloud in the construction industry facilitates a shared team room as an online workspace for correspondence, documentation, and archiving through the computer system or mobile devices making the management of the project much easier. Cloud in BIM also improves communication of plans, lists, and other documents previously stored in different locations that are now available in one location in the cloud.
Drones in Construction
The use of drones in the construction industry is one of the fastest-growing trends over the last quarter. Drones are remote-controlled aircraft that provides real-time data material for 3D CAD and BIM model. They help in swift mapping large areas over long distances, producing valuable aerial heat maps and thermal images. Developing drone software also implements real-time data that is helpful for prompt decision making. Drones prevent labor safety and equipment loss in the construction site. They can attain great heights and do work instead of human labor workers to prevent injuries.
Green construction has become an expected demand trend by end-user customers like home buyers, renters, and commercial tenants. Sustainability means conserving the existing natural environment and resources as much as possible during the entire building construction cycle. For reaching the goals of sustainability, it is important to choose the raw materials and resources that are going to be used in the construction process carefully. The concepts greener construction or “ecological buildings” helps to reduce the adverse effects of climate changes on health and the environment. This green construction concept is obtaining more and more popularity in recent times and has become a prominent trend already.
The 3D-printed building module
The 3D printed building module has already become a prominent trend in 2020 and will gain more momentum and market share in the years to come. Robots help to apply concrete layers in the construction cycle. Other processes can mix concrete and glass fibers that assist in the construction of even large concrete buildings. The concrete polymer foam for insulation is also already possible simultaneously. The very high construction speed of 3D printed buildings along with minimized requirements for raw materials is the only reason why more and more construction projects are using it for future development. Experts predict that the global demand for printed houses will increase to approximately 40 billion USD market by the next decade.