As a top innovator of fasteners and pneumatic tools, the BECK Group is at the heart of the construction industry. As a result, we have witnessed many of the trends that continue to propel the industry forward. It’s important to stay aware of items on the horizon so you can prepare and plan for what’s ahead.
Let’s take a look at five construction trends in 2020 that will change the industry.
1. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
AI and machine learning are already on track to exceed 3.1 billion by 2024. What makes AI so attractive? Higher production and consistent quality. Also, machine learning allows technology to take on new tasks faster with fewer mistakes. We wouldn’t be surprised if automated nailers become predominant in the market over the next five to ten years.
2. Cloud-Based and Remote Applications
Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects of being a contractor is the paperwork. This is especially true when drawing up contracts, submitting an RFP, or collaborating on a project with clients or business partners. Cloud-based services (SaaS) and remote apps are making it easier for contractors to communicate, travel, and work remotely.
Companies now offer a wide range of cloud-based field service software that assists contractors on the job. Some of the benefits of cloud-based remote applications include:
- Contractors can manage/organize data and employee information more efficiently.
- Proposals are now more accurate with fewer mistakes. Contractors can complete them in half the time it takes to fill out a spreadsheet.
- Project managers can now monitor the progress of a construction project from a remote location thanks to video monitoring software, instant updates, and real-time collaboration.
- Companies can send out fast invoices and get paid quicker.
3. Site Inspection via Drones
Imagine sending your crew to inspect a home that was damaged due to a hurricane. The problem is that the crew can’t get to the site due to a blocked street. Or worse, the home is hazardous and could lead to an injury or fatality. The solution: send in the drone.
Drones are now becoming an integral tool in construction assessment, planning, and building. Thanks to wireless technology and cloud-based software, drone images and videos can transmit directly into ERP software. From there, a contracting team can view the footage and use it in a wide range of jobs.
Drones have become useful in helping companies provide estimates quicker. They’re also valuable for helping construction companies communicate with insurance companies after a natural disaster.
4. In-House Pre-Fabrication and Modular Construction
In-house fabrication has been an ongoing trend for close to a decade. Modular construction allows crews to build part or all of a building and then transport to the desired location. As modular construction continues to become more popular, the need for sturdy fasteners and efficient nailers will grow.
Companies need fastener tools they can depend on to build structures to plan more efficiently. Also, they need construction equipment that will produce high-quality products that will hold up well in transit and onsite. New technology also includes BIM software, which gives contractors and architects the ability to visualize a structure before construction begins.
5. Significant Improvements in Hand Tools
Although many of the construction trends in 2020 are from the software or automation categories, contractors will also see innovation in hand tools and hardware. For instance, nailers are now equipped with enough power and depth control to drive fasteners into plywood, gypsum sheathing, dens glass gold, fiberock, fiber cement siding, vinyl siding, steel and concrete. ET&F® Fastening Systems, part of the BECK Group, are a great example of these improvements in action as they allow builders to affix gypsum, masonry, and cement to steel.
Construction users can expect options such as:
- Adjustable depth control
- Greater pin placement precision
- Ability to drive large 0.100” headed pin
- Maximum wind pressure resistance
Get Ready for the Future of Construction with Beck
BECK America offers superior fastening products for exterior construction, industrial/in-plant, and interior construction. Find out more about our products by contacting us at 800-239-TOOL (8665) or see our website to find the latest BECK America products.