Worry not, hammer. You and some other "classic" construction technologies are simply irreplaceable. But as with other businesses and agencies, the industry has embraced new technologies in construction, and has found them to be irreplaceable, too. And just what are some of the top innovations in this field that help construction firm employees do their jobs more quickly, efficiently, and safely? The answers might surprise you.
5. SuperFLEX WallDeveloped by a Japanese corporation, this high rise building frame works with the building's core wall and outrigger beams to provide more stability and less framework bending in earthquakes. This latest construction technology can be adapted for smaller residential dwellings as well.
4. Carbon FRP Grid Structures As Concrete ReinforcementConcrete used in construction is reinforced with metal rebar. This works well, but only as long as there is a uniform covering of concrete of a certain thickness, and the metal doesn't corrode. Unfortunately, time and the elements take their toll on rebar reinforced concrete. Repairs to buildings with this type of construction are frequent and very costly. While carbon grids are not appropriate for every scenario, they have a number of construction applications, ranging from wall panels to countertops to tee beams. Grids provide internal site strengthening, and because epoxy is applied at the factory to them and they're light and easy to cut, much time can be saved at work sites.
3. BubbledeckA flooring breakthrough that's been embraced by large construction projects, Bubbledeck eliminates unnecessary concrete from floor slabs near columns, filling the "void" with recycled plastic bubbles, instead. The Bubbledeck method can reduce the amount of structural concrete used on a project by as much as 35%. Combined with thinner flooring and smaller columns and foundations, it can save as much as 10% on project construction costs.
2. PVC Stay In Place Panel CoversThe panels are made by combining multiple PVC components. As a result, contractors can customize the size of their tilt up panels by increasing or decreasing component lengths. The panels protect concrete and rebar, and don't require the application of finish. By not having to add finish, $3-$5 per square foot of wall can be saved. The panel covers are easy to maintain and clean, and are LEED certified.
1. Raken Construction Management SoftwareThe Associated General Contractors of America has named this product the number one daily reporting software in America. Compatible with computers and mobile devices, Raken not only allows for report filing, but photo sharing, real time project collaboration, document storing, alerts, and even weather monitoring. It allows site foremen and project managers to run safer, more efficient work sites, allowing them to acquire new projects more quickly.