Ever since the Stone Ages when cavemen were just beginning to use various types of tools to construct this and that, innovation has been the name of the game when it comes to construction. Needless to say, things have come a long way since then. Wherever you look in today’s world, you see skyscrapers and other buildings that are nothing short of amazing. If you are curious as to exactly which innovations have brought about the biggest changes in building construction over the years, here are some of the most important.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Whereas, for decades and decades, builders had to rely solely on blueprints to construct buildings, computer-aided design (CAD) brought about a design revolution. Once CAD made its way into the construction industry, engineers and builders could not only use much more complex designs for buildings but also experiment with various design aspects to see if something would or would not work as anticipated. As a result, time and money could be saved before the first shovel of dirt was ever moved.

Advanced Mechanization

As technology has made more and more advances, mechanization has allowed the construction industry to take full advantage of its many benefits. This has been extremely evident in the types of equipment now used on most construction jobs. Nowadays, you can expect to see an automatic girth welder on-site for welding large storage tanks, sky-high cranes to move beams and other heavy materials where they are needed, and much more.

Prefabrication

With many buildings today, many of their components are now made off-site and brought to the construction site, where they are then assembled to create a building. With many buildings, concrete and timber frame panels, compressors, and instrument panels are fabricated off-site. As a result, it now takes far less time to construct buildings, helping projects stay on time and on budget.

3-D Printing

Now considered to be the future of construction, 3-D printing is being used more and more to construct homes, office buildings, and other structures. Using advanced robotic technology, 3-D printing is faster in that it allows a building to be constructed in days rather than weeks, but it also results in savings regarding supplies and other expenses.

Since technology continues to bring about new developments each year, there is little doubt that what seems high-tech today may soon be outdated. As 3-D printing and other innovations revolutionize the construction industry, chances are the best is yet to come.

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