26th November 2015

Construction Predictions for 2016

2016 will be the year of change, whereby science and technology will transform the construction industry. Here we make our 2016 construction industry predictions.

2015 has seen the construction industry grow. This increased output, however, has put strain upon the industry which has struggled with project delays, a shortage of skilled workers and financial difficulties. In order to stabilise the industry and encourage growth these issues must be addressed. In 2016 we’re therefore likely to see the introduction and adoption of new technologies, initiatives and inventions that will increase productivity.

Construction 2016: The year of change

The UK Government continues to focus on the construction industry, setting out its intentions in their Construction 2025 initiative. In order to reach the goals set out in the initiative, the construction industry must revolutionise, in what will be a year of change…

BIM will become widely adopted.

In 2016 all centrally procured Government projects must be delivered using collaborative 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM). This move by the Government will force companies to invest in this software in order to win contracts, which will not only increase the adoption of BIM, but will help save vital time and money by utilising the intelligent and actionable data it can provide. What’s more, it will improve communication, collaboration and address sustainability. Find out more about BIM in construction here.

ERP software will be vital to remain competitive.

The adoption of innovative software solutions will not stop at BIM. In 2016 construction companies will invest in ERP software solutions in order to obtain a complete view of their operation. As more construction companies realise ERP software can be used as a means to effectively manage resource levels, finances and monitor overall productivity and profitability, competition will increase and adoption of innovative software solutions will soar.

Cloud will remove limitations.

Cisco predict that, “By 2019, more than four-fifths (86 percent) of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; 14 percent will be processed by traditional data centers.” The construction industry is no exception. Companies within this industry must adopt up-to-date solutions in order to remain agile and competitive. The construction industry can utilise cloud computing to minimise delays and increase efficiency, by allowing decision makers to access up-to-date information when they need it, both on and off site. This will provide them with ability to relay information back to colleagues and implement change requests quickly and efficiently, rather than waiting until they’re next in the office to update the company’s system.

Innovative engineering will challenge the traditional methods of construction.

This year we’ve witnessed the invention of resistant, self-healing materials that look set to change traditional methods of construction and ongoing maintenance in 2016. The introduction of self-healing concrete will not only increase the life expectancy of concrete structures, but remove the need for repairs and reduce the maintenance costs by up to 50%. We’re also likely to see smart buildings and roads become mainstream, along with water absorbing concrete, which can absorb an impressive 880 gallons (4,000 litres) of water in 60 seconds.

The future is nigh

2016 will be the year the construction industry will experience a long awaited revolution. The Government’s drive to encourage the adoption of innovative solutions will require buy-in and collaboration from the whole industry. They must review their entire operation and evolve in order to compete and win new contracts. New technologies will disrupt the industry, but will lay the foundations for the future, attracting Generation Z, and making use of their IT skills to improve processes, minimise delays, increase profits and stabilise the industry. 

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