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How modular construction technology is transforming the industry
As is true of pretty much every industry today, innovation and technological advances are leading to huge changes in the modular construction industry.
So today we thought we’d talk about some of these building technology advancements and the opportunities they bring.
Examples of modular construction technology
Below we have listed some of the technological advances currently being used in modular construction. We have also included a brief explanation of the benefits they offer.
Building information modelling (BIM) and computer-aided design (CAD) software
Modular construction companies use BIM and CAD software to:
- Help them create 3D models of their buildings
- Design building components and
- Coordinate the manufacture and assembly process
Robots and automation
Robots and automation improve precision and productivity when manufacturing modules:
- For example, robots and automation can help to cut, weld, and assemble the parts faster and more accurately
GPS and sensors
GPS and sensors facilitate logistics and transportation.
- House-Matic uses sensors when moving modules from the factory to construction sites
- GPS and sensors can help to track the location and condition of modules and optimise delivery routes
Smart home technology
Suppliers can integrate smart home technology into their modules, offering a range of advantages to occupants:
- Convenience and comfort – use smart home technology to adjust the thermostat, turn lights on or off, lock doors, play music, and more
- Energy efficiency and sustainability – monitor and optimise your energy use by setting schedules, adjusting settings and tracking consumption
- Security and safety – smart devices can warn you about potential threats, such as intruders, fire, water leaks, or carbon monoxide. You can also check on your home remotely with smart cameras, doorbells, locks, and sensors
Innovative materials, such as sandwich panelling and cross-laminated timber, make it easier to customise modules.
- New materials and finishes can improve the aesthetics and sustainability of modules
- By enhancing the variability and customisation of modules, manufacturers can appeal to a wider range of customers and markets
Digital platforms and cloud-based systems
Digital platforms and cloud-based systems make it easier for project stakeholders and contractors to communicate and collaborate, whether they are on the construction site, in an office or at the factory:
- Collaboration and innovation: Digital platforms enable multiple tasks to be executed in the same place through the internet. This makes it easier for project stakeholders to collaborate and solve problems in innovative ways
- Data accessibility and integration: Cloud-based systems provide shared tools, data, and teams. This makes it easier for project stakeholders to access, share, and analyse data across different project phases and domains
- Agility and scalability: Cloud-based systems allow project stakeholders to adjust their resources and capabilities according to the changing needs and demands of the project. This increases flexibility and efficiency
Current impact of modular construction technology on efficiency and quality
Technology is making modular construction more efficient, cost-effective, sustainable and innovative.
Studies have shown that building technology advancements in modular construction can:
- Reduce construction times by 20 to 50 percent
- Lower construction costs by optimising the use of materials and labour
- Improve build quality by minimising errors and defects
- Increase sustainability by reducing waste and emissions
- Enhance the aesthetics and appeal of modular construction by offering more options and flexibility
As a result, modular construction has the potential to solve some of the problems of the construction industry, which include low productivity, high costs, and long delays.
Future trends in modular construction technology
And there is no reason to believe that the pace of change will slow down in the future. At House-Matic, we are currently keeping our eyes on several emerging technological trends:
- One of the most significant trends we are seeing is the use of drones for site inspections and monitoring
- More and more modular construction businesses are starting to use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies for design and visualisation
- In addition, more suppliers are considering the use of 3D printing for manufacturing building components
At House-Matic, we are committed to staying up to date with the latest technological advancements. It’s the best way we know to deliver on our promise of providing sustainable, affordable modular construction solutions where they are needed most!