The Future of Construction in 2017
6-months ago, Dragon Labour Hire discussed the growing trend and equally the importance of ‘contemporary’ office fit outs.
Ideas like providing open-plans, bike racks and a shower/change room facility for post lunchtime Gym sessions; all have proven productivity improvements. Along with this developing and becoming mainstream, Dragon Labour Hire Group expect to see the following trends in 2017:
Construction Becomes Technology
While this is true for many industries, Construction has been a late-bloomer.
Most job sites still rely on the workers keeping their job sheet for a week; through muddy sites, rainfall and concrete pours. And at the end, it must be clear legible and carry the site managers autograph. This can only be described as an archaic system.
As PWC tell us in their 2016 Engineering & Construction report: “However, as a reaction to tight margins, a few construction companies have recently automated and streamlined ways to carry out projects, not just in the design and engineering phase, but in construction as well”.
For example, Dragon Labour Hire Group have invested considerable money as a small business through providing our labourers and clients alike, a stress-free electronic, digital timesheet.
Permanent Modular Construction
From ‘The Urban Developers’ 5-New Trends in Construction 2017 report inform us “Permanent modular construction is set to become a huge trend in coming years, providing quick and efficient construction methods while using many of the same techniques as commercial development but on a residential scale. With the “boxes” being constructed mainly offsite, it allows buildings to be added onto later.”
These structures consist of multiple sections, called modules, built in an offsite location and then transported to its intended site. Cranes then place the construction onto its foundations.
With the ‘Internet of Things’ affecting just about every industry, it allows for rapid growth, Globalisation, and necessity.
As builders and all key stakeholders within the construction industry grapple with increased pressure to maintain efficiency amid building delays and unpredictable weather events, one particular construction method is gaining momentum – pre-fab construction.
Prefabricated construction means a lot of the building can be conducted in more of a controlled environment, rather than on a construction site, increasing productivity and minimising risk.
Major Australia developers including Australand, Hickory, and Lend Lease have already implemented these efficiencies in certain parts of their supply chain. Lend Lease’s recently finished Forte apartments in Melbourne was mostly completed in a factory.
The Skills Shortage
Not exactly a new trend, but it continues to plague most Australian businesses in 2017. Finding qualified Tradespeople and Labourers is as costly as it is competitive. In Sydney, demand for these skills most certainly outstrips supply.
Many businesses are resorting to looking overseas. Areas of Europe like Ireland, Poland, and Britain can be excellent places to find hard-working tradespeople, dying for a sea change.
With the Australian Government having extended the age to obtain a working holiday visa to 35 years old, it’s easier than it has been for a long time to attract skilled labourers and tradespeople wanting to come to Australia.
Dragon Labour Hire Group believe we all have a responsibility as Construction workers, to do the best we can by the planet. In this short, inspirational article, we learn how a Latin American School is completely sustainable http://en.unesco.org/greencitizens/stories/teaching-sustainability-self-sufficient-space
If they can do it…