This year is Back to the Future’s 30th anniversary, yet whilst self-tying laces and hover boards may not yet be commonplace, plant-hire and equipment specialists, Hewden, have recently published a report on how the UK construction industry can expect to look over the next 30 years.
AI (Artificial Intelligence) and 3D printers look to have the biggest impact on our industry. From half human, half machine workers to buildings which are mini-cities, below we’ve wrapped up our top 5 highlights:
- 3D Printing – 3D printing will be able to rapidly produce basic bespoke structures with detailed branding and sophisticated finishes.
- Mini-Cities – With limited space and tightly cramped cities the only way is up. Buildings will be kilometres tall, some so tall that they will almost be ‘mini-cities’ – with different floors accommodating different sectors, including residential, commercial and leisure.
- Half Human, Half Machine – Exoskeletons that are robotic attachments to equipment allowing builders to carry heavy loads and accurately complete a job. Along with reconfigurable hydraulics that can take any shape.
- Smart Transport – From smart wheel barrows to self-fetch robots and robotic foreman, building sites could look extremely different in 30 years. Cranes made from shape-changing materials, allowing for heavier loads and for use in adverse weather, assisted by ‘climber bots’ who can carry materials such as concrete.
- Improved H&S – Robotics could potentially have the greatest impact on health and safety, with automated machines being able to take on the most dangerous jobs in the industry. Artificial Intelligence will also support with cleaning debris from site and monitoring machinery and structures for any potential signs of danger.
You can view the full 2045 Constructing The Future Report here.