Construction Trends for 2020

The construction industry evolves at a rate never imagined before. We see a lot of new, exciting technologies that change the way we build things. These technologies make the industry adaptable to industry conditions such as a shrinking workforce, global climate, local regulations, and economic downturns.

We take a look at recent construction trends that are expected to have a major impact this coming new year.


Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), simply known as drones, have become accessible and affordable to the public – and construction companies too. In recent years, they’ve become an essential piece in the arsenal of tools of property developers and builders.

Drones are increasingly used for taking jobsite photos, geodetic surveys, and information gathering. This technology has made aerial photography more affordable.

As drones go mainstream, their capabilities are expected to improve in the coming years. The latest drone technologies are now used for volumetric analysis, geo-mapping, and thermal heat imaging. Drones can also be fitted with unique features to address the specific needs of a particular construction team. The rapid advancement in this field is a boon to the construction process.

Increased safety of the workforce

Ensuring workplace safety will be a major force that will affect the building industry. Strict implementation of workplace safety and health regulations will drive construction firms towards improving their standards.

According to a Chicago construction lawyer at, worker unions are now increasingly aware and assertive of their rights. Any health or safety issues could arise in a major legal problem. Hence, legal experts recommend construction companies to beef up on their worksite safety policies.

A number of technologies and gadgets aimed to improve safety in the worksite have also become apparent. The use of exoskeleton is expected to hit the industry. This technology uses a specialized mechanical suit to augment the limited and fragile human bodies of workers. With exoskeleton, workers are able to do more.

Worker assistive technologies

The human workforce will remain part of the construction industry. Interestingly, the role of humans in construction will wane down as machines take over manual labor. However, assistive technologies such as machine learning and robotics will have a major impact on how buildings are constructed.

These technologies are aimed at improving workflow, safety standards, and productivity. For instance, a brick-laying robotic machine has been developed to assist in the worksite. They work not to replace human hands but to augment them. Advancements in this field will eliminate redundant tasks, thereby ensuring efficiency in the workplace.

Virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and Building Information Management (BIM)

The construction process, from planning to building design and implementation, will be greatly reliant on computers. AI and VR technology are used by construction teams to assist in project formation. BIM applications are now available and can help streamline project planning and design.

The use of 3D modeling proves vital not only during the construction phase but also for end-users. This makes it easier to manage building maintenance, such as HVAC, water systems, etc. The applications of BIM in the building industry are countless and the upcoming year offers great advancements. Billions of dollars are being poured into these technologies so we can expect it to develop every day.

Final Thoughts

The coming year bodes well for the construction industry. With the improvements and advancements in various technologies, we can all expect better building methods and techniques. These will all boil down to better standards, safer workplaces, and well-built buildings.

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