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7 advanced technologies in the construction industry you were desperate to know about. You can thank us later


If you have a construction business, then these 7 hi-tech technologies can grow your business without burning the midnight oil.

We know that technologies are changing virtually every facet of modern-day life.

The construction industry, which is continually being upgraded and updated with the most advanced technology, is one such example of this. 

Technologies in the construction industry are creating modern ways of constructing a building, and although the transforming future of construction is basically undiscovered, there are several construction technology fads which are paving their ways into this industry.

So, what things can we expect the near future to hold for the construction industry?

Here are seven cutting-edge construction technologies of the future you were desperate to know about in 2019.

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1. Robotic Swarm Construction

Created by experts at Harvard, robotic swarm construction was created by keeping in mind ants or mites that the way they work together to build their houses.

Ants work together just like a “swarm” and construction robotics are designed to work together in the same way. Four-wheeled bots are hard-wired in every situation to create a specific design with sensors to identify the presence of various other robots so that they can interact with each other.

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2. Transparent Lightweight Aluminum

Transparent lightweight aluminum is actually a bullet-proof new matter which is as strong as metal or steel.

Regardless of its massive strength, it looks like a conventional translucent glass which is 4x weaker and also shatters easily. Translucent lightweight aluminum is new content and see-through steel that is just penetrating the construction and gives a revolutionary look to buildings.

This unique material is such state-of-the-art engineering that it’s made from lightweight aluminum oxynitride (AION) and it is made with the use of laser technologies.

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3. Vertical Cities

Vertical cities will eventually become inescapable fact because the world’s population grows and land becomes rare.

Vertical cities are actually Tetris-like towers for thousands and thousands of people to dwell in. Helping an increasing population, vertical cities or towers are a space-saving strategy to conserve land for production, food, and nature.

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4. Self-Healing Concrete

Millions of pounds are invested in fixing, restoring and maintaining buildings, bridges, roads, and tunnels annually.

It is because all concrete breaks and requires to be reconditioned. Self-healing concrete block or material will add a long life or more years to a building’s life and be a great help time-wise and financial-wise. The technology behind this wonder shows by itself when water makes its way into a crack. This reactivates the microorganisms that were merged in during the blending process.

When the microorganisms are stimulated, it leaves calcite which heals or fills the crack. The walls made of self-healing concrete have also proved helpful for ringlock scaffold and working platforms for workers as they can easily be snuggled tightly into them.

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5. Smart Bricks

Smart bricks are “modulate linking bricks” and are usually similar to Lego.

As smart bricks are made of harder and strongest concrete and manufactured by ‘Kite Bricks,’ they are extremely versatile and have great thermal energy controls that as well reduce the construction costs.

Since they are modularly made, they’re hassle-free to connect and have space for plumbing, electricity, and insulation.

6. 3D Printed Houses

3D printed homes are a fabulous peek into the foreseeable future of the construction industry. 3D printing houses consist of building parts off-site and constructing the structure at the given time.

It was developed by Apis Cor based in the San Francisco Bay Area which not too long ago proved that they could easily print walls out of cement in a fairly short period of time.

7. Aerogel Insulation

It is also known as “frozen smoke”, aerogel is actually semi-transparent, and it is manufactured by removing the fluid from a carbamide peroxide gel, making the silica framework that is 90% air.

Irrespective of being weightless, aerogel sustains its shape and can easily be utilized to make thin sheets of aerogel material. Aerogel sheets are starting to be used within the construction industry due to its remarkable heat retaining material attributes. Aerogel insulating material makes it very difficult for cold or heat to pass through and features up to 4 times the strength of foam or fiberglass insulation.