There are many observers and academics who regard the construction industry as being slow to innovate and inefficient at applying new innovations to the industry. When you think about it, the core principles of construction today, as well as many of the techniques, technology, and much of the knowledge have been used since Roman times. However, behind the scenes, there is now a great deal of technology and innovation in the industry.
When we talk about advanced construction technologies, we are referring to a wide range of modern techniques and practices. These techniques and practices represent the latest innovations in fields as diverse as materials physics, design and planning procedures, and facility management. The use of technology in civil engineering, which encompasses the planning, design, and construction of urban environments and infrastructure projects, has been a game changer in many respects.
The technologies on this list are among the most important advanced construction technologies that are making their way into the field of civil engineering.
Sometimes known as ‘additive manufacturing’, 3D printing uses a printer to build objects layer by layer. 3D printers are being designed to work with increasingly complex materials; the latest models are capable of combining different materials together in a single object. This development has opened up entirely new possibilities for the construction industry. 3D printing can be used to construct either a small component or even an entire building.
Metamaterials are materials which have been custom designed in order to have specific properties as a result of their molecular make up. The versatility of materials that civil engineers have at their disposal is allowing them to design and execute more innovative and adventurous projects than ever before. The most well known of these new materials is graphene, a material which can be made to have a number of different properties under different conditions. This gives it an almost limitless range of uses in the field of construction.
Modular buildings, sometimes known as ‘prefabricated buildings’ are buildings which are constructed from different components, each of which is produced on an assembly line to ensure that they are all produced exactly the same. This makes this type of building much easier and cheaper to construct.
Smart technologies are making their way into every sector of life. Many people now have voice assistants in their homes which can be used to control lights, order items online, and even read the news and play music. Smart technologies also allow civil engineers to plan and design in considerably more detail than before.
Because of the rise of online degrees, offered by renowned educational institutions such as Ohio University, anyone who wants to can learn about civil engineering from the comfort of their own home. Ohio University’s Masters in Civil Engineering course is cheaper than the campus equivalent. Another advantage of studying with Ohio University Online is that you can study part-time, allowing you to work while you earn your degree.
Civil engineering relies on new technologies and innovations in order to thrive. As with the rest of the construction industry, these are just some of the key technologies that are driving progress.