Technology and innovation in construction have finally arrived and it is coming at a time of great need in the construction industry. The industry is wrestling with historical supply chain problems, labor shortages, and fluctuating building material costs – all at the same time! When one of these obstacles is present in construction it will have negative effects on bottom lines and stress levels, but to have all three is unprecedented! As an industry, we might be busy and booked out for months or even all of 2022 with projects, however, how much profit and determination remains after all of these challenges have taken a stranglehold on so many construction businesses? The answer is yet to be determined, but those businesses that are adopting new technology in construction are already starting to see the potential to take back the efficiencies that they so desperately lost in 2020 and 2021.
Construction has seen innovation in the planning and pre-bid process, safety, modular construction, building information modeling, and virtual design, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence, drones, software, and communication tools, just to name a few! Construction, however, is complex, ever-changing, and unpredictable (especially these days), so technology too has to be complex and have the ability to solve complex problems. For that reason, some of the most innovative products in the industry are not attainable for the vast majority of businesses. The good news is that we are starting to see affordable innovations and start-ups servicing virtually every sector of the construction industry. Now, even the smallest remodeler or construction worker has technology at their fingertips and the time is now to adopt them, create a more efficient staff and workforce and organize your business to be a more prosperous and lean one in 2022.
The 5 businesses below are a few examples of some platforms that virtually every business can afford and may just be the secret to your success or the differentiator that your business needs this upcoming year!
5 Construction Innovators for 2022
US Construction Zone: https://usconstructionzone.com/
(USCZ) is a digital networking platform that is designed for business management, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, executives, leaders in the industry, and all those who aim to improve the field of construction. By offering a platform where pertinent information is carefully curated and available, expert knowledge and innovative ideas are shared. Networking with those in specific and broad areas of the construction industry offers value, USCZ aims to greatly enhance the construction industry. USCZ is ideal for opening doors for larger industry growth, collective humanitarian efforts, and utilizing technology in a way that moves the industry into the future where organizations are more closely connected by common works, in spite of the distance.
At DroneDeploy, our mission is to make the skies open and accessible for everyone. Trusted by users across a variety of industries, we are transforming how businesses collect, manage, and interpret drone data. Our user-friendly platform makes it possible for companies of any size to improve their workflows through scalable image processing, data storage, and real-time sharable drone maps and 3D models.
Vectorworks seeks to build intuitive, powerful, and practical software solutions for design professionals around the globe. At Vectorworks, we believe your design software should offer the freedom to follow your imagination wherever it may lead you, to seamlessly share your vision at any phase, and to easily interpret the information needed to make the smartest decisions every time.
Buildcam’s mission is to provide a no-nonsense, high-quality jobsite camera service to busy construction personnel. We know that project managers and superintendents have precious little time, and they don’t want to waste it digging through tech specs, arguing with pushy salespeople, or scratching their heads trying to figure out how to use the equipment. Buildcam cuts through the confusion and makes every part of the procure-and-use process as straightforward and painless as possible. Over the last decade, Buildcam’s expert team of engineers, designers and timelapse specialists have deployed over 4000 time-lapse cameras on projects ranging from construction to agricultural research to work with the US government.
We’re transforming the exterior home improvement industry. With just a few smartphone photos, our customers can create an interactive 3D model of any home to measure and estimate home improvement costs. HOVER is transforming multiple industries, including home improvement, insurance, and financial services. Our technology is created with our customer in mind, finding ways to support both established and growing companies.