Construction Industry Trends in 2018
As a licensed general building contractor and leading provider of construction management, it’s important for our team at Hurd Construction Management to keep up with the latest construction industry trends to stay ahead of the competition, satisfy our customers, and do our job as efficiently as possible.
With construction booming in recent years, especially after the many natural disasters in 2017, the Associated General Contractors Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook survey revealed that 75 percent of construction firms will expand their payrolls in 2018, which means this year has been predicted to be a good year for the construction industry.
7 Construction Trends to Look Out for in 2018
For this article, we wanted to share with you some trends that we expect and are preparing for during the remainder of 2018 and even into the next.
Green design – The green design trend has been around for several years now, but it continues to increase each year. More design-professionals are incorporating green design, especially since laws are increasing the need for this.
Modular buildings – Modular building construction is typically less expensive when compared to traditional construction methods. They are built off-site and assembled on-site allowing for concurrent construction tasks to take place. Once the modular building design and construction is done, project schedules can be reduced up to 50 percent compared to traditional building site projects. Our sister company Fabricon Modular was founded to meet the growing needs in this space. Their team of experts specializes in simple pre-engineered orders, custom complex solutions and everything in between!
Building Information Modeling (BIM) –BIM is a 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals insight and tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. BIM is also a tool that increases collaboration while reducing construction costs and promotes a safer building process.
Project management software – Project management software helps contractors with efficiency, transparency, and accountability on behalf of a owners team. This type of software improves and optimizes construction projects by giving contractors an overview of projects, trackability, and real-time communication.
Drones – Drones are helping surveyors look in hard-to-see areas, collect data, capture project process, and complete safety inspections. They also help with 3D mapping.
Internet of Things (IoT) – Contractors are using more high-end technologies to increase communication, safety, transparency, and savings. Whether it’s on a smartphone, virtual reality (VR) gadget or GPS, contractors are using these tools to increase productivity by sharing documents, photos, data, time, inventory, and more.
Advanced labor – With many people’s jobs being replaced by automation, the traditional worker and labor is evolving. Workers will need to develop the skills to operate, maintain, fix, and even create these advanced technologies or automation in the workplace.
This is just a glimpse of some of the construction industry trends for the year 2018. If you’re interested in knowing more, reach out to our team at Hurd Construction Management to hear about our services, and what trends we are incorporating into our construction management, building contracting, and facility maintenance solutions.
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We provide building and contracting services for building owners and managers, businesses, investors, tenants and organizations across industrial, commercial, retail, and education markets. We have locations in Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida. To contact us, email us or call our Jacksonville office at 866-231-2477.