5 Construction Industry Trends to look for in 2020

5 Construction Industry Trends to look for in 2020

2020 is here and businesses are gearing up to increase the productivity of their enterprise in the new year. Over the years, technology has evolved improving the working of construction operations to ameliorate overall efficiency.

It is believed that 70 percent of construction companies could go out of business if they are not adopting digitals ways of working. 

Today technology is not just a competitive advantage but an operational necessity for the industry.  It has increased safety, profit and competitiveness bettering the industry. 

The construction industry is more competitive and profitable due to the advancement of technologies that are streamlining the process, improving building quality, and speeding project completion time. 

The construction industry is endowed with more powerful tools and technology in 2020.  

Here are the top 6 construction industry trends that will improve the construction operations in the coming years. 

Artificial Intelligence

There is a broad application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the construction industry. Several applications of AI are already in use.

With more risk involved in the construction projects, AI and machine learning detect those risks on the priority basis reducing the time taken to mitigate risks.

AI automatically prioritize risk according to the issues. This makes project managers more cautious while carrying out the functions.

Artificial intelligence is a boon to the construction industry that helps for effective project planning. The construction companies use robots to acquire a 3D scan of the sites or project and then enter this data into a deep neural network that segregates the different sub-projects. This helps the project team to deal with small problems earlier to avoid after-effects. 


Drones at the construction site

The unmanned aerial vehicle drones have the application that workers on the ground can’t do. The technology scans the project in real-time on construction sites to collect data.

This data is used to build topographical maps that can help to determine the estimates of material resources to reduce extra cost. Drones help to track the project on-site to spot potential problems. 

3D Printing

The most booming construction industry trend is 3D printing that is reshaping the operationality of the industry.  An entire house can be built in less than 24 hours through 3D printing.

3D Printing Process

The usage of 3D printing will multiply this year. Many companies are undertaking new projects. The most recent project of 3D printing was recently completed in Dubai by Apis Cor who build the world’s largest 3D print building.

Real-time data

Real-time data is the productive construction industry trends making easier for the companies to track the performance by keeping an eye on labor workforce working time, equipment tracking, injury rates, and company vehicles.

The real-time data helps to increase the efficiency and in simplifying the process. Digital time cards are used to track real-time data accurately. Timecard helps to ascertain non-productive time on the work sites.

Additionally, it helps to track the logged in and logged out the time of the workers along with their location. 


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a 3D computer model process that provides insights and tools to architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals to plan, form a design, construct and operate buildings and infrastructure.

BIM and real-time data go hand in hand. The combination of both enables professionals to gauge the best course of action to complete the project. According to the recent survey, 55 percent of construction already use BIM. 

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology in the construction industry has an immense role to improve safety measures, to reduce injuries and to enrich the quality of life of the workers.

Visual Wearables enhance the visual images for the wearer in the form of optical air or glasses or maybe hats.

Tactical wearables reduce the sprains, strains and back injuries of the workers.

These wearables improve the worker’s strength and durability. DAQRI smart glasses, Proxi’s smartwatch are some of the examples of wearable tech.

DAQRI Wearable Tech

Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT enabled devices making headway into advanced computers. These computers are competent in new applications in construction projects such as equipment tracking or servicing, remote operation and monitoring, quality monitoring, augmented reality (AR), and supply replenishment.

The advent of 5G has the potential to deploy these applications to facilitate speed and services. Application of IoT with high-speed connectivity of 5G enables the players of the construction industry to take quick decisions and rectify issues. 

JSB Market Research

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