Trends are all around us, and when it comes to the construction industry, there are some exciting ones on the rise. If you’re part of the construction world, it’s a good idea to keep these trends on your radar because they’re likely to stick around for a while.

One of the trends we’re keeping an eye on is the concept of “Smart Cities.” To get a taste of what that means, just take a look at what Japan is doing. They’ve created super high-tech cities that are something out of a sci-fi movie, with advancements in everything from car engines to mind-blowing city displays. Excitingly, we’re heading in that direction too. This trend is all about collecting data to boost our economy and enhance our quality of life. How does it connect to construction? Well, the construction industry will be the industry building these smart cities, so they need to keep their skills sharp and stay educated about this evolving trend. Being ready for a big shift like this is always a wise move.

Next up, we’re seeing a surge in the development of new construction materials. 3D-printed building materials like concrete, walls, and floors are gaining popularity. There are some great benefits to this, like less waste and quicker project turnaround times. Plus, 3D-printed homes are easy on the wallet. We’re also continuing to make good use of recycled materials. It’s always been a staple in construction, but now they’re putting together entire smaller buildings from recycled materials. And here’s a neat one: “Engineered Cementitious Composite,” or as some call it, “bendable concrete.” The fibers in this concrete make it tougher than the regular concrete, and it’s cost-effective with a smaller carbon footprint.

Last but not least, let’s talk drones in construction. These machines are gaining serious popularity because they’re super handy on the job. They can create very accurate maps and surveys of construction sites, which is a necessity for analysis, planning, and designing projects. Drones are also beneficial at inspections. They can squeeze into tight, tricky spots, and with their cameras and sensors, they’re able to quality control and make sure safety policies are being followed! Those same cameras can snap some stunning shots for project portfolios.

So, as we near the end of 2023 and approach a new year, keep your eyes peeled for these trends and others that are on the horizon. Staying in the know is the name of the game, so never stop learning and don’t be shy about trying out fresh techniques and ideas!