Indeed, 2017 was a year where we saw a lot of technological innovations taking place in various industries. As we say hello to the new year, this also means that there’s a lot in store for us. That said, here are just some of the eight coolest construction technology that we can look forward to this 2018.

1. Virtual Reality

The gaming scene is probably one of the first few areas that have experienced what virtual reality has to offer in the past few years– a process where make-believe is brought to fact. By 2018, we can expect virtual reality, making waves in the construction industry.

However, this doesn’t mean that you have to invest a fortune just to enjoy this, but with the help of VR, it’s possible to save a right amount of cash as you’ll be able to “virtually explore” the project before building them.

2. Machine Control

Most of our vehicles are equipped with GPS that gives us the idea of how we can reach a particular place. Contractors can also utilize this kind of technology, and they are already doing that. Machines used on the construction site usually have GPS that’s capable of measuring the position of the unit through the receiver antenna.

This information is transmitted to a screen, which the contractors can analyze. Additionally, by loading up a 3D model of the site onto the same monitor, it’s possible for the construction workers to find the exact area they should focus on according to the design plan. This would result in overall efficiency and productivity.

3. Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is something that has been around for quite awhile now, but with the recent advancements in technology, they are now even more perfect for builders. You can quickly add them to smartphones and be able to enjoy some benefits from doing so.

For instance, with the help of thermal imaging, you can quickly locate the leak, or make sure that the building has proper insulation.

4. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Better known as drones, UAVs are a game changer in the construction industry. Despite that it’s quite small inside, it’s mighty as it’s capable of capturing HD imagery from 120m above the ground.

In the construction industry, this is useful, especially when construction site surveys and inspections, as well as giving virtual walk-around and recording valuable data. With UAVs, the possibilities of monitoring the whole construction site are possible.

5. Modular Buildings

For those who are not familiar with the term, modular buildings are the development of a building structure off-site, and it is transported to the desired site without affecting the quality. There are no changes in the building materials, as well as with the supplies. Best of all, the job can be accomplished in lesser time.

Although this wouldn’t be the solution to all construction needs, it’s still helpful, especially for those who need to finish the project right away.

6. Green Construction

For the past few years, more and more people are being concerned with the environment. This is what the green construction offers. Green construction reduces the waste, as well as the use of resources, leading to a healthier living environment for everyone involved.

7. Project Management Software

The construction industry has realized how a project management software can help them out. For the past few months, real-time project management software has been making rounds and continued to advance to meet the demands of the users.

In the construction industry, this software offers three fundamental advantages– accountability, transparency, and efficiency. The latest innovation with this software is that it’s not capable of tracking, proving a project overview, and best of all, it can be integrated into other software. In fact, they can also be installed in smart safety cones, and wearable devices.

Although they are not as ‘glamorous’ as BIM software, it works the way how it should be– that is, to optimize and improve how construction projects are executed.

8. Improved Labor

With new construction technology, manual labor will soon be replaced by robots, and there will be more intellectual labor in the construction. Of course, there will still be work opportunities for everyone, as the knowledge of workers is needed to create, operate, and maintain this technology.