The construction industry is undergoing a period of rapid evolution. New technology is helping to lower costs, speed up projects, enhance safety, and improve decision-making. But what are the latest trends, and how can you use them to your advantage?

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

In recent months, BIM is arguably the most dramatic and important technology to sweep the construction industry. This allows you to build highly realistic 3D virtual models for each phase of a project’s lifecycle. You can view potential trouble spots, allocate resources more efficiently, and minimize the risk of needing to redo work.


Drones are being used for everything from site assessments to checking rooftop areas that may need repairs. You can combine drone flyovers with augmented reality to create a realistic look at anything that can’t easily be seen from ground level. When it comes time to send people up ladders, you’ll already know what to expect.


Robotics technology is evolving quickly, and autonomous robots are becoming more and more useful in construction. They can work alongside human tradespeople, performing dangerous or distasteful tasks. Smartly deploying robots can dramatically boost job site safety while improving efficiency and accuracy.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) allows you to embed sensors and devices into virtually any construction site. You can track everything from humidity to equipment performance, allowing you to make data-driven decisions to boost efficiency and quality control. And IoT devices can continue to assist long after the project is completed by creating realistic predictive maintenance schedules.

Of course, even the best technology is merely a tool. It’s highly unlikely that automation will ever replace the judgment of an experienced, skilled tradesperson. Carefully choose the tools and technologies that will best support your human teams, and train everyone on how to work with them. These tools are powerful but most effective when closely overseen by knowledgeable humans.

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