Beyond Material Innovations: How Construction Technologies for Digitization and Automation Will Compete and Influence the Industry

December 28, 2016 | State of the Market Report

The building construction industry sees increasing disruptions related to digitization and automation of specific works related to building design, component prefabrication, onsite assembling, and maintenance and demolition. This report identified the technologies supporting these disruptions, evaluated their competition positions in respective markets, and their influence on the future of construction works. Technologies that can win the immediate competition against incumbent solutions are mainly related to software (such as simulation software) and data collection solutions (such as 3D scanning) to improve work and process. Technologies with potential to become prominent in the short-term future have clear advantages and solvable disadvantages for either digitization (such as augmented reality for onsite works) or automation (such as offsite 3D printing). Behind all these technologies is building information modeling (BIM), which enables data exchange and collaboration so that it is becoming the linkage among all future construction works. Digitization and automation based on BIM will be an inevitable trend in the future construction.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • Materials Design and Manufacturing

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Lead Analysts

Jerrold Wang
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Tugce Uslu


Arij van Berkel

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