From Blueprints to 3D Models: Technology and the Renovation Industry

Technology has started to overtake the way in which we communicate with one another and conduct business. Through increased exposure to technology including smartphones, tablets, electric cars and the internet, it is hard to believe how fully ingrained it has become in our daily lives. It can be seen that technology is starting to change and shift how industries around the world function. The Renovation industry is no exception. As new trends continue to emerge, progressing the future of what can be, new approaches must be created.

The Idea:

Emerging technologies are beginning to provide greater solutions to many industries including construction. These trends are helping to improve processes, enabling automation and effective decision-making instruments allowing for current progressions to be accelerated and accomplished more efficiently. There are many factors that have contributed to the shift in the industry including the overall landscape of society, the economy, and the environment. Combining the overall landscape with the constantly changing nature of technology could help excel and create new trends in the renovation industry.

The Impact:

Although it is hard to determine how technology and the renovation industry will mix together fluidly, it can be seen that it will it will occur at a rapid pace. Technology will have a major impact on the renovation industry and at the current rate could occur sooner than later. This shift will allow for companies and customers to work more closely, creating an all-encompassing relationship. This shift changes not only company perspectives related to customer’s desires but using increased communication will develop a constant exchange of ideas. This allows changes to be made in an instance, anytime and anywhere. New approaches will be carried out, which will focus on a more off-site construction. It will be possible to include clients in the design phase allowing them to make changes online themselves, being integrated within the renovation process. This could include changes being made through notes on modeled 3D renders which allows work to be accomplished in a more efficient manner. This means that scheduling will never be a problem as renovation projects be started faster and done right the first time.

With technology and 3D printing continuing to take the world by storm, renders will be made into miniature physical designs where home features can be exchanged easily, taken away and added. This will help ensure minimal errors in the actual renovation process as technology will also be responsible for taking advantage of just-in-time principles with everything assembled on site. These shifts and changes will impact the industry as a whole, causing companies and workers to produce higher quality output both digitally and in the final product.

A Potential Future:

There are many different types of technologies that are being explored and in their infant stages including the use of nanotechnology. This idea, if accomplished, will create a new era not only in the renovation industry. The renovation sector will see maintenance-free environments built where self-repairing concrete and self-cleaning glass is just the tip of the iceberg. With this shift in technological use there will be less of a need to use workers in the process of construction and use them more behind the scenes of projects, working more closely with home owners to determine what needs to be done. Robots, yes robots, will start to take over which will start to change the way in which the industry works, combining places and people to unify the industry as a whole, allowing for projects to be done virtually and in real-time. This continuing idea shows a vision that tools and technology already being used will help develop standards enabling creativity. We already see potential with the use of videoconferencing and holograms being able to integrate with building models and as the years progress technology will only improve.

New Focus:

These future advancements enable construction professionals to focus on what they do, rather than how it will get done. The construction industry will be perceived more around design and innovation to meet client needs rather than manual labouring. The future will be based on people with a broad range of skills who will use IT systems to build on what they know and become experts in more areas than that of which they are now. This shift will affect not only the construction industry but all others in which skills will be related to technology, causing a potential problem related to the development of core skills necessary for human and physical interaction. This means that at times focus can be lost as no longer will professionals be familiar with the true impact of what they are doing. With more streamlined processes, buildings and construction creations will also follow this trend becoming more mainstream as the years progress, making it possible to have the “impossible.” Rather than sending maintenance people to check whether there is any problem, intelligent built environments will automatically detect the problems. This can help the environment and homeowners cutting down carbon emissions, energy and damage to the climate. This will be possible through IT systems that enable user-centered design and intelligent built environments to provide a better future for people.

Onto the Future:

It is clear that the growing trend of technology is starting to overtake industries, allowing a future where hard hats are traded in for computers. Although technology is not ahead of the game in the renovation industry, it is starting to pick up. A reason for this is that every project possesses unique qualities which do not allow for mass production. More time must be spent for each but with new technologies on the horizon construction will speed up while allowing for reduced costs.

Although technology and the construction industry today are not capable of everything mentioned above it is important to note that processes such as 3D rendering are already underway. 3D renders provide customers with a picture into their renovation ensuring dreams come true.