3 Important Trends for Construction in 2020

January 8, 2020

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In kicking off the New Year, we’re taking a look at the top trends for construction firms in 2020 and beyond. First, let’s recap. Last year, we cited some major trends that are still hot and gaining momentum. In 2019, offsite construction gained traction with firms as a way to speed project completions, eliminate materials waste and save money. We also saw buildings getting smarter and greener, as firms continued to leverage IoT connectivity in their building designs.

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How can we design better for Buildability?

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The use of highly sophisticated building models – as a result of BIM – has transformed how we design the built environment. However, although the digital models used by architects and engineers during design enable impressive visualization and documentation of the designer’s intent, the data and considerations required to construct it are often considered separately. We typically use the design model to communicate the final state of the project – not how it is constructed, even though such considerations result in a more accurate estimate on both project time and cost. Of course, different flavors of BIM tools exist that do consider such topics during manufacturing and construction, but how often do we truly consider the impact of the construction process as part of making the right initial design decisions?

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