10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2016

One industry trend: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly being used for surveying, mapping and marketing.

Design-build powerhouse Korte Company monitors the latest building methods, tools and technologies. The company’s list of construction industry trends to watch this year ranges from cutting-edge building technologies to innovative construction methods and improved decision-making systems. In other words, projects are getting smarter.

Korte’s Top Ten starts with detailed 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) providing better visualizations for both projects and systems. Other trends on their list: Increased use of pre-fab, smart buildings that provide data monitoring, integrated mobile technology and information on job sites, robotic automation for specialized work, drones for project monitoring, 3D printing for construction, and enhanced job-site safety — as technology moves workers further from the most dangerous tasks.