The construction industry is advancing more and more by the day, with new technology trends and innovative designs enhancing the production time, cost and efficiency in sites across the UK.


These 5 modern tools are going to support construction workers through 2020, as the industry chases the potentials of what new technology has to offer.

  • Wearable Technology

2020 is expected to see a great rise in the usage of wearable technology both offsite and on-site. This immediate, direct communication is an ideal way to stay connected during the construction process. By the end of this 2019, a total of 250 million wearable smart devices are expected to be in use, proving the extremity of this development as it edges closer to mainstream technology.

  • Modular Housing

Possibly the strongest use of modern building that is seen in today’s market – modular housing. Concentrating the majority of the build to be completed inhouse, this method will see the home from the first stages of production through to the final touches of bathroom tiles and lighting fittings. The buildings are then transported, in whole, to the site to be laid into the foundations, saving time and costs throughout the process.

  • Data Ecosystem

While this trend strays from the manual labour element of construction, this technique will eliminate the lack of data management between each sector of the industry. A new ecosystem of data is to be pushed through all levels of the industry, using mobile and cloud technology to keep an updated information platform, in addition to GPS usage for data precision.

  • Robotic Arms

In an industry revolving around intense, hands-on labour, robotic arms have provided a useful and harmless method of construction which can save on time, costs and can also eliminate risks to the workers’ health and safety. The robotic manoeuvres that programmed into the machines ensure an efficient, flawless production line that can only advance further from this stage, proposing a technical future in the production pipeline.

  • Drones

Drones are used in many different areas when it comes to both design and production. They have the capability to scope out sites to determine their area potential and also, to aid in the transportation of equipment and supplies. Unlike cranes and lorries, drones don’t use fuel which means that they bring further support to the government’s ongoing ‘carbon-free future’ plans.

This new technology will keep workers connected, up to date and safe from any risks on site and despite the ongoing political uncertainty, the industry is continuing to develop across all sectors, with these innovative designs proving beneficial across all sectors of construction.