Technology Trends Making Waves in the Commercial Construction Industry in 2017

Technology Trends Making Waves in the Commercial Construction Industry in 2017

The United States is one of the largest construction markets across the globe, with expenditures amounting to 1,162 billion U.S. dollars. With an increasingly digital world, the construction industry is being reshaped by smart technology and industrial innovation. In a bid to secure their niche and beat the competition, construction companies are incorporating new and creative designs. The following are some trends making waves in the commercial construction industry:

Masonry

Construction Robotics, a New York- based startup has created a bricklaying robot called SAM100 (Semi- Automated Mason). While the average mason can lay around 500 bricks per day, SAM100 lays nearly 3,000 bricks per day with the help of a conveyor belt, robotic arm and concrete pump. The robot was recently upgraded to SAM OS 2.0. which enables it to lay soldier course bricks.

Drones

Equipment manufacturing powerhouse, John Deere is collaborating with startup drone company Kespry to introduce drone services into its network of 400 American and Canadian dealers. Up till now, construction managers would manage their project sites by using rovers, or having workers climb up tall structures to take aerial photos. Drones on the other hand, can take pictures while flying over construction sites. They are fast, efficient and less hazardous.

Worker Safety

Smart Helmet uses 4D augmented reality to provide hands- free visual instructions to workers. Invented by USA based company Daqri, the helmet has a 6th generation Intel m7 processor and a 44° field of view, in addition to 360- degree navigation and stereo infrared cameras. Workers have situational awareness, can actively visualize scenarios and passively record data, while eliminating the need for a centralized location.

3D Printing

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invented a robotic system called Digital Construction Platform. The prototype can build the basic framework of a building in less than 14 hours. It has one large industrial arm for reach, and a smaller arm for precision. Different tools can be attached to the smaller arm, like a sprayer head or a welding device. The system is powered electrically, and by solar. Unlike other 3D printing mechanisms, the prototype can create an object of any size.

Request for Proposals: Rebid Palm Springs International Airport Enabling Project

CALTEC is seeking proposals from vendors and specifically subcontractors with a valid Contractor’s State License number and Department of Industrial Relations registration number to subcontract and perform any of the following trades:

Demolition, Cast-in-Place Concrete, Hydraulic Cement Underlayment, Metal Framing, Modular Building Access, Rough Carpentry, Insulation, Polymer Based Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems (EIFS), Fluid-Applied Membrane Air Barriers, Joint Sealants, Hollow Metal Frames, Wood Doors, Aluminum Framed Entrance and Storefronts, Door Hardware, Glazing, Moisture Vapor Emission Control, Gypsum Board, Acoustical Panel Ceilings, Resilient Base and Accessories, Resilient Tile Flooring, Painting, Signage, Unit Kitchen Equipment, Fire Protection, Commissioning, Plumbing, Heating-Ventilating-And-Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Communications, Electronic Safety and Security, Chainlink Fences and Gates.

Plans and specifications are available for inspection at our office or may be attained from the City of Palm Springs. You may also obtain a digital copy of the plans and specifications by visiting our Planroom.

Bids shall be received by CALTEC by 9/23/2017 before 3PM in order for us to review and process prior to bid deadline.

If you need assistance accessing the bidding documents, please email ardi@calteccorp.com for assistance.

Please submit your bid via email to ardi@calteccorp.com.

Request for Proposals: Indio Student Kiosk

CALTEC is seeking proposals from vendors with a valid California Contractor’s State License and Department of Industrial Relations registration number to supply material and/or subcontract to perform all required trades.

Plans and specifications are available for inspection at our office or may be attained from the Owner, Desert-Indio Community College. You may also obtain a digital copy of the plans and specifications by visiting our Planroom.

Should you need any assistance in obtaining bonding or insurance, please feel free to call us. We are an equal opportunity employer and as a matter of policy encourage the participation of DBE’s.

If interested, Bids shall be received by CALTEC via email, attent: henry@calteccorp.com by 9/11/2017 before 12PM in order for us to review and process prior to bid deadline.

Request for Proposals: Palm Springs International Airport Enabling Project

CALTEC is seeking proposals from Disadvantage Business Enterprises with a valid Contractor’s State License number and Department of Industrial Relations registration number to subcontract and perform any of the following trades:

Demolition, Cast-in-Place Concrete, Hydraulic Cement Underlayment, Metal Framing, Modular Building Access, Rough Carpentry, Insulation, Polymer Based Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems (EIFS), Fluid-Applied Membrane Air Barriers, Joint Sealants, Hollow Metal Frames, Wood Doors, Aluminum Framed Entrance and Storefronts, Door Hardware, Glazing, Moisture Vapor Emission Control, Gypsum Board, Acoustical Panel Ceilings, Resilient Base and Accessories, Resilient Tile Flooring, Painting, Signage, Unit Kitchen Equipment, Fire Protection, Commissioning, Plumbing, Heating-Ventilating-And-Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Communications, Electronic Safety and Security, Chainlink Fences and Gates.

Plans and specifications are available for inspection at our office or may be attained from the City of Palm Springs. You may also obtain a digital copy of the plans and specifications by visiting our Planroom.

Should you need any assistance in obtaining bonding or insurance, please feel free to call us. We are an equal opportunity employer and as a matter of policy encourage the participation of DBE’s.

Bids shall be received by CALTEC by 8/22/2017 before 12PM in order for us to review and process prior to bid deadline.

Construction Industry Trends

The construction industry continues to thrive despite a labor shortage resulting in part from the Great Recession. Experts now expect to see improved growth over the new few years. Yet, many companies are anxious to see how the new president and his policies will affect the industry.

 

Improved Growth

Experts predict spending on total construction will increase in 2017 by 6.3 percent over 2016, and by 7.2 percent in 2018. Total nonresidential construction spending anticipates a 5.5 percent increase this year. Investors, developers and builders are cautiously optimistic. To counter the effects of e-commerce, the retail industry is now working to make the shopping experience more enjoyable, and therefore a reason for people to shop at local malls. That, experts say, should help fuel continued growth.

Off-site/Modular Construction

Modular construction, a process in which a building is constructed off-site under virtually identical circumstances as on-site projects, has been around for decades. Business owners have only recently developed a serious interest in it given the number of high-profile projects in the past few years. Owners also realize modular can be done in a shorter amount of time for less money.

Technology

Two technologies that will be the rave of the construction industry include augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). A digital recreation of the real world, VR is generally experienced through the use of special headsets or visors. A couple of VR headsets to have reached the construction market recently are the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. This technology is used more off-site by architects and engineers while AR, which involves placing a single piece of virtual, or digitally simulated, information to a specific point in reality, has greater use on construction sites.

A Labor Shortage

Construction has experienced a labor shortage for some time now, and industry sources expect it to worsen. The good news is mainly for construction workers, since labor shortages are driving up construction costs. The labor shortage will also result in longer construction schedules.

Constructions Costs Will Rise

Commercial construction costs will increase this year by three to 4.5 percent in six major markets across the U.S., including three in the Midwest, Mortenson’s quarterly Construction Cost Index predicts. Consequently, it adds, construction costs nationwide should go up as well. This all is due largely to rising labor costs caused by the current labor shortage.

We at CALTEC pride ourselves on our work. As a general contractor able to handle any construction project, we can answer any question you have on the subject. For more information on emerging trends in the construction industry, please contact us.