3D printing, modularization, offsite fabrication and robotics; drone inspections, laser scanning and virtual learning; artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics – these are just some of the cutting-edge innovations and new technologies changing the construction space today like never before. In many ways, the lines between the hi-tech sector and the construction industry are becoming blurred.

Challenges: Growth, Project Cost Overruns, & Government Reforms

Today’s worldwide capital projects are getting ever more complex and larger in scope, with many of these projects facing chronic cost overruns and schedule delays. This is combined with continued increased pressure to build faster and with greater efficiency to meet growth demand among a labor-constrained engineering and construction (E&C) environment.

Modular construction worldwide is experiencing this growth pressure in large part from rapid urbanization in developing countries like China and India. In developed countries, modular construction is often looked at as an efficient solution for renovating existing buildings with new ones. Modular is also meeting the demands for building space in remote and rural areas where conventional construction is not easily possible.

Modular answers the call for better use of our natural resources, often referred to as ‘green’ buildings and technologies. These benefits come not only from the more efficient and less error-prone prefabrication process, but also the increased quality of offsite products and their implied longevity. Together this helps lessen the waste of construction materials throughout projects and embeds technologies to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Governments across all regions are encouraging and developing the construction sector by bringing various reforms and regulations to support similar environmentally conscious initiatives.

New Construction Tech Innovation Lab

With all of these changes and industry pressure, it’s clear that throwing more labor at the problem won’t get the job done. Technology and automation must lend a hand, which is very much at the core of prefabricated, offsite construction processes like Modular Construction.

The higher education sector and top U.S. universities are also seeing the requirement to better prepare students and current E&C professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to apply these new technologies in the field. A leading example of this is the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering which recently announced the creation of its Institute of Design and Construction (IDC) Innovations Hub. This new technology hub specific to the construction space will promote efficiency, sustainability, and safety within the industry while helping executives find solutions to issues that can make a project late or over budget. This includes new cutting-edge tech like 3D printing, offsite production, and robotics, as well as efficiency gains in the supply chain with innovative new equipment, materials, labor, and professional marketplaces.

Next Steps

To better understand how offsite and modular construction could help your organization better optimize your building and space requirements, please allow one of our industry professionals at Nadler Modular Structures to answer your questions. Simply email us at info@nadermodular.com, visit our contact page, or call 888-329-6600.