Smart Construction, Aided by 3D and Prefab

Smart construction is here—and it is being spurred on by new, emerging technology and innovative building methods including 3D printing and scanning and prefabrication. Also, it is spanning all segments of construction, from residential homes to infrastructure projects.


Intelligent Manufacturing Comes to Home Construction

Perhaps one of the bigger trends for residential construction that is beginning to generate more interest lately is prefab construction. This form of construction initially emerged in the mid-1900s, with the U.K., France, and Russia being some of the first to jump into a large-scale system. Still, while many manufacturing sectors have moved from industry 3.0 to industry 4.0, construction is only starting to make the transition.


Residential Construction Turns to Prefab

With challenges present on both the demand and supply sides of the equation, the economic outlook for residential construction suggests growth, but growth that’s slow and choppy rather than swift and smooth. On the demand side of the coin, challenges include higher interest rates and rising home prices that are stifling demand. On the supply side of the coin, materials and labor costs have escalated in the past few years, cramping profit margins for homebuilders.


More than Modular

Homeowner preferences are changing. Buyers want homes that are high-tech, energy-efficient, and relatively affordable, but will they soon also want homes that are able to be easily modified in the future?


Data Drives Intelligence in Construction

Machine learning, big data, AI (artificial intelligence), and the IoT (Internet of Things) are changing the way businesses across the globe operate—and technology providers are aiming at bringing predictive modeling, and AI to construction in new ways.