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2019 Tech Trends for Electrical Construction

Dec 13, 2018

Electrical construction has experienced significant changes in working methods due to tech trends. These trends have also brought about considerable cost efficiencies. Rapid development in construction technology will continue in the future and will likely gain momentum in 2019. Business owners in the electrical contracting world need to be aware of probable construction tech trends for the coming year. For instance, many believe that while the construction industry is among the least automated industries, 2019 will be a breakthrough year for the use of augmented reality (AR) in construction. The cumulative investment in construction technology saw an increase of 30% in 2018. Over the next two years, industry experts expect spending in augmented reality to grow from over $1B to more than $10B in the US construction industry alone. That’s staggering! Fewer construction projects will exceed budgets or deadlines as AR becomes mainstream.   

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Efficiency and safety will be boosted by wearable tech (smart glasses, sensors, and smart clothing such as heated jackets and cooling vests for extreme temperatures, intelligent caps detecting worker fatigue, and miniature gyroscopes able to sense accidents due to tripping or falling). Significant benefits including reduced costs and shorter lead times will be realized through modular construction. It is estimated that 5B metric tons of self-healing concrete will be used in buildings, homes and roads by 2030. The drone industry value in construction is projected to rise from $2B to $10B over the next decade as drone technologies continue rapid developments in accuracy and precision of readings (land mapping and surveys). And, over the next decade, a 175% growth is expected in the industrial robotics market.

Look at Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019:

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2019’s technology growth will have an industry-changing impact on the work and growth of the electrical contracting business.


NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology, explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what’s happening today, and of what will be launched in the not-too-distant future.  Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.