The construction industry is being disrupted by innovations related to advanced construction materials, automated equipment, and robotics, as well as digital systems for architectural design and construction management. The cutting edge developments in these three fields are interrelated, and the current disruption will form challenges in addition to creating opportunities for multiple shareholders in the construction industry, such as materials developers, construction equipment developers, construction companies, and architectural and engineering firms.

To capitalize on industrial disruption, companies in the construction industry must be able to:
  • Assess emerging technologies in building materials, construction equipment, and digital systems
  • Understand how to leverage the synergy of innovations in these fields to grow your leadership in the market
  • Monitor innovative startups and identify good investment targets, technology licensors, or development partners
  • Navigate strong strategic partner candidates among large industrial companies with shared technology interests and supplementary business resources


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Advanced construction materials:
  • Functional coatings
  • Advanced insulations
  • Air purifying materials
  • Window films and daylighting systems
  • Low-carbon or high performance concrete
  • Onsite generation
  • Material recycling
Automated equipment and robotics:
  • Automation for prefabrication/modular construction
  • Robotics and automation for onsite work
  • 3D printing for building components
  • Robotics for demolition and waste sorting
Digital systems for design and construction management:
  • BIM and other CADs
  • VR and AR for design simulation and construction work optimization
  • Software platforms and onsite data collection systems for construction management
  • Sensors & data analytics for construction waste collection
  • Improving building energy efficiency
  • Improving indoor well-being and occupant productivity
  • Improving recycling rate
  • Improving performance or lowering cost by using recycled materials
  • Reducing maintenance cost
  • Reducing carbon footprint
  • Improving construction quality and efficiency
  • Saving labor cost
  • Shortening project period
  • Enhancing design flexibility and efficiency
  • Improving design and simulation

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