It would be an understatement to say that the previous years have been tumultuous in the Singaporean construction industry. While construction costs and demand for labour remain high, those in construction have had to innovate and think outside the box to minimise the scope for waste and mistakes. After a period of constant change and adjusting expectations, it seems more and more likely that as the world recovers and regrows, so will the industry.
COVID-19 has irrevocably altered how we go about every aspect of our businesses. Technology alone has advanced enough to accommodate the changing needs of the industry, improve construction efficacy, and widen profit margins. As such, it’s no wonder that so many new industry trends are emerging in response to the global pandemic.
Change is inevitable and has to be embraced in order to stay competitive in an ever-changing market. Here are some of the most outstanding trends to emerging:
1. Increased connectivity changes job sites
Research and estimates show that connectivity on the construction site will significantly increase in the coming decade thanks to more sophisticated 5G networks and cloud technologies. Better equipment tracking will give operators and contractors real-time insight into productivity and upkeep on a job site, allowing them to optimise job flow and queueing.
2. An uptick in protective equipment
The COVID-19 epidemic significantly influenced the construction sector, and new rules emphasising cleanliness and stringent safety procedures have already impacted building site guidelines.
The industry is observing an increase in equipment that can recognise typical safety concerns and remove them one at a time. For instance, material-moving “mules” move bulky or dangerous items, while robots with specific tasks build scaffolding or place bricks on their own. Work boots that link to Wi-Fi and notify others if someone has fallen are examples of wearable technology being introduced to construction sites. While keeping workers aware of their surroundings, headsets could even proactively decrease noise pollution.
Beyond protective equipment for workers, we are already witnessing robots altering the way that humans perform in their jobs. In most situations, they enhance human decision-making (such as interpreting and translating data results into valuable insights) and free up positions for other, more advanced professions.
3. Introduction of construction drones
With usage increasing by over double year over year, the use of construction drones in the construction sector continues to be one of the trends with the most significant growth rates. Aerial photos for real estate and business purposes are only one of the many applications available for the technology.
Today’s drones are utilised to quickly map extensive areas over great distances, creating useful thermal images and aerial heat maps. The developing drone software offers real-time, helpful information that can be employed to make decisions quickly, thereby optimising the entire development process.
The largest liabilities in construction continue to be safety and loss of equipment. In order to avoid injuries, drones can complete tasks that require scaling extremely tall structures.
Drones can be used as on-site security equipment to cut labour expenses and lower the chance of theft, ensuring projects stay on schedule and reducing delays.
Future more sophisticated applications include organising moving construction equipment with AI and tracking equipment depreciation.
4. Demand for labour will increase
A significant rise in the demand for workers is one of the most obvious building developments of recent years. Although robots take up a lot of the slack, skilled labour is costly and in high demand.
Despite these robots’ best efforts, managing and interpreting the data generated by new technology will require the assistance of highly educated employees.
In its hiring efforts, the sector is also focusing on Generation Z, those people between the years 1995 and 2010. In the past, finding new talent for the construction industry was difficult due to negative impressions of the line of work. The COVID-19 pandemic changed people’s perceptions of alternative educational opportunities. It led to an uptick in favourable views of trade schools, putting construction companies in an excellent position to highlight the possibility of professional advancement in their sector.
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