What is Construction Technology, what are its types and benefits?
1. Introduction to Construction Technology
Definitions of technology, especially in the construction industry, often change from one year to the next. One such definition, constructed by one of our friends at LTK (who has been doing a lot of work in the field) is that “technology is a set of processes and methods used in engineering, design, and construction.” In other words, technology is anything that can be done with a hammer or screwdriver or a drill bit or a loom or whatever.
While there are many different types and benefits to this definition, I think it fits fairly well for the average person who has been involved in “more than one” type of construction project. So today I want to discuss three different types:
(1) Civil Engineering Technology (CET)
(2) Structural Engineering Technology (SET)
(3) Construction Management Technology (CMT)
In these three types, I will discuss what we can do with each type; why we should use each type; how to find out about each type; and finally how we can get better at using it. Be sure to read some more about each of them below as well!
2. What is Construction Technology
What is Construction Technology?
Construction technology (CT) is simply the ability to do things that were not done before. In other words, it is a new way of doing things. It’s about making things easier and more efficient.
In the simplest terms, a trade-off faces us when we try to do more with a given piece of equipment. If you have an office chair (I hope you don’t) and you want to get up from it, there are two ways to do it: 1) You can use your hands, which takes time; 2) You can use your feet, which takes effort. Using your hands will save time because you can move a lot faster than using your feet. The same goes for cars: in order to drive them fast, you need good hand-eye coordination; but if you want to go faster than 40 km/h on the highway – then you need good driving skills.
This is true whether we are talking about building computers or sports cars: being able to do new things with old equipment requires better tools or techniques that allow us to do previously thought impossible tasks in a way that was previously thought impossible.
The most obvious example of this new capability is computer graphics: in the early days of computers, graphics cards were used primarily for drawing windows and text on them – but nowadays they are used for 3D modeling (designing models), animation, and rendering (creating pictures), video editing and so forth – all without having any hands nearby! How did this happen?
Why does lighting have to be so complex? Why does smoke (or other materials), real or virtual, have to look so complicated? What if I could make my computer simulate what I see with my eyes at work? What if I could make my computer simulate what I see in real life? What if I could make my computer simulate what I see in games? Then I could be a professional gamer today just by using my laptop!
The same idea applies to manufacturing: why does steel production require so much power? Why does stainless steel need an expensive annealing process? What if we could just heat the steel up at home instead of bringing it back on site every day when our plant closes down for maintenance? Then we would save money on energy costs every month – and also eliminate waste (no unmelted steel sitting around). We would also be able to produce bigger pieces of steel than ever before – saving costs even more
3. Definition of Construction Technology
The term “construction technology” has a number of meanings, but it is generally used to refer to a broad area of specialized manufacturing and engineering work. It is not intended as a single classification system. However, in the context of the construction industry, it is frequently considered to be synonymous with building technology or construction management.
The word “technology” appears in the first definition at least as early as 1941. All construction technologies are based on the three Rs:
• Resin materials (for example, cement);
• Rubber; and
• Steel (e.g., roads).
The phrase “construction science” first appears in print between 1965 and 1969. This was followed by the term “construction technology” in 1973, with the addition of a further phrase for international use:
In 1985, the terms ‘construction technology’ and ‘construction management’ were introduced for differentiating between these two types of technical support service providers;
Other words that have been used interchangeably are:
• Building science (of which construction technology is merely one aspect); and
• Construction science (of which building science is merely one aspect).
4. Types of Construction Technologies
Construction technology is a very broad term and covers a lot of different types. In this post, I’ll try to give you a quick overview of some of the common varieties and their benefits.
There are three main categories:
1. Mechanical – The use of machines that assist people in the construction process, such as power tools and robots.
2. Electrical – The use of electrical energy for the construction process.
3. Chemical – The use of chemicals to break down materials, such as sand or cement, into very small particles that can be shaped, shaped, and shaped again (a “by-product”) before being used in the building process.
However there are many other types of technologies that can be used to aid, speed up or improve the construction process (not shown here), but are too technical for me to cover in detail here: I’d recommend consulting with an industry expert on these.
5. Benefits of Construction Technology
The term “construction technology” is one that I don’t quite understand. It is one that sounds like it should be defined, but it isn’t.
In this post, I will try to lay out what construction technology is why it is important and why we need it.
Construction technologies are applied sciences, including those in the fields of:
• Electrical engineering
• Computer science (or systems engineering)
• Fluid mechanics & hydraulics
• Biological sciences (including ecology)
• Chemistry & physics (or materials science)
The first two types of construction technology are used in a wide variety of industries and applications from transportation to building, manufacturing, and refining. These include: building construction generally, but also bridges & flyovers, pipelines, transport infrastructures such as roads or railways & airports or even structures for the environment. Materials science and chemical engineering are also widely applied in manufacturing — for example, plastics or resins —
Although these are not listed here as they can be covered by other terms. Other important use cases include transportation (for example road vehicles), energy generation/re-use (especially turbines), equipment maintenance/repair (air compressors or stepper motors) as well as instrumentation. All three types of construction technology have long been associated with university-based research projects and private sector-led development using testbeds such as NASA’s Ames Research Center in California; see my previous post on space research for more details on this.
Suitable materials for construction technologies are often brought together by an industry consortium called the ESA Functional Materials Consortium , which includes all of the world’s major building material manufacturers: cement companies around the world, with whom there is a joint venture called the Cement Industry Association ; steel producers around the world who have joined forces to form the Steel Manufacturers Association ; rubber companies around the world who have joined forces to form Rubber Manufacturers Association ; polyester producers around the world who have joined forces to form Polyester Manufacturers Association ; polyurethane producers around the world who have joined forces to form Polyurethane Manufacturers Association etc; plastics manufacturers around the world who have joined forces to form Plastics Industries Association ; polyester producers around the world who have joined forces to form Polyester Industries Association etc; polyurethane producers around the world.
6. Construction Technology Types
A few years ago, I wrote about the construction industry and its changing needs. The topic was broad but relevant. I still think it is relevant today.
In this post, I wanted to talk about some of the most common types of construction technology and what they do, why they are useful, and how to get started building them. Of course, each type has its own set of benefits that may not be what you intended or might even be unappreciated by you at all (or your customers). So how do you know which type is right for your particular project?
The following sections will cover:
• Types — in general terms; more specifically, when to use each type; when not to use them.
• Benefits — in general terms; more specifically, when to use each benefit in your projects; when not to use them.
• Examples of Construction Technology Applications — real-world examples where one type of construction technology was used; and how this helped create a better product or service.
Most importantly: YMMV! If you don’t like the section that follows it, feel free to skip it! You can always come back later and read it again!
7. Examples of Construction Technology
Construction Technology is a broad term. It refers to various engineering and design fields, including construction engineering and architecture.
There are three main categories of construction technology:
Assembly and integration
Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ME)
Construction Technology is a broad term. It refers to various engineering and design fields, including construction engineering and architecture. There are three main categories of construction technology: Aesthetics Assembly and integration Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ME) Construction Technology is a broad term. It refers to various engineering and design fields, including construction engineering and architecture. There are three main categories of construction technology: Aesthetics Assembly and integration Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ME) Construction Technology is a broad term. It refers to various engineering and design fields, including construction engineering and architecture. There are three main categories of construction technology: Aesthetics Assembly and integration Mechanical/Electrical Engineering.
8. The 5 main types of Construction Technology in 2022: Mechanical, Electronic, Industrial and manufacturing, Medical, Communications.
Construction Technology (CT) is an umbrella term used to describe a number of different engineering disciplines used in the construction of structures. The components and technologies employed are not as important as the original purpose for which it was developed – strength, sustainability, and safety.
The four main types of CT are Mechanical, Electronic, Industrial and manufacturing, Medical, Communications.
4 main types of Construction Technology in 2022
- Industrial and manufacturing
1. What is Mechanical Construction Technology
Mechanical construction technology (or MCT) is the set of building techniques, tools, and materials that are used to construct buildings. It is defined as the total set of tools, materials, and techniques required to build a building and includes:
3. Techniques for the construction of buildings (such as woodworking, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, etc.)
4. Methods for handling the material(s) and tools (s), such as insulation, cladding, and plumbing
5. Methods for managing the material(s) and tool(s), such as utilities (such as water supply or gas supply), fire protection, etc.
2. What is Electronic Construction Technology
Technological advances in construction have been at the forefront of economic development in many parts of the world for decades. But the sector is still relatively small and wages remain low, meaning that manufacturers are unable to compete internationally.
Construction technology, or “construction science” as it is known, is a generic term used to describe a large range of hardware and software tools used in the field of construction
It includes everything from surveying equipment to building automation equipment to materials handling devices used in construction.
While there are many specific tools within this category (e.g., automated shoring and grading), most commonly referred to as “construction science”, it also includes products like remote sensing equipment, computer-aided design software, construction management software, and so on.
3. What is Industrial and manufacturing Construction Technology
Industrial and manufacturing Construction Technology is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of technologies designed to improve production and manufacturing operations. At their most basic, they are systems and processes that facilitate the assembly of products by removing the steps required to produce complex products. The following is a list of some of the most popular industrial and manufacturing technologies:
1. Automation: machines that automate repetitive tasks, often without the need for humans to operate them
2. Computer-aided design (CAD): 3D modeling software used to guide fabrication processes
3. Robotics: machines designed to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible for human hands
4. Robotics: robots designed to perform tasks that would be difficult or impossible for human hands
5. Industrial robotics; robots used in industrial manufacturing 5. Industrial robotics; robots used in industrial manufacturing
4. What is Medical Construction Technology
Construction technology is a wide term that includes a variety of technologies used in the construction and manufacturing of buildings, bridges, roads, and other structures. A broad definition of construction technology would include the techniques of mining, conveying rock and stone through conveyor systems, the use of explosives, and blasting to reduce rock to powder or dust.
This is not the place for a discussion of all types of construction technology but here are some common types:
1. Civil Construction Technology: The application of engineering design and fabrication methods to civil engineering projects such as highways or bridges (the purpose being to construct something safe and stable)
2. Naval Construction Technology: The application of engineering design and fabrication methods to naval construction projects such as ships’ hulls or armored vehicles (transporting cargo)
3. Mechanical Construction Technology: The application of engineering design and fabrication methods to mechanical engineering projects such as machinery or pumps (used for maintaining production)
4. Electrical Construction Technology: The application of engineering design and fabrication methods to electrical engineering projects such as generators or lighting systems (used in factories)
5. Industrial Construction Technology: The application of engineering design and fabrication methods to industrial engineering projects such as power plants, machinery, or building structures (used for manufacturing)
5. What is Communications Construction Technology
Communication Construction Technology (CCT) is a broad umbrella term that covers everything from electronic communication systems to the architecture of industrial processes, and beyond. CCT typically falls under the “methods” category in a very broad sense:
a) Automated manufacturing machines
b) Computer-controlled industrial systems
c) Process instrumentation
d) Process automation systems
e) Electronic control systems
f) Space-based communication technologies
g) Machine tools and data acquisition systems
h) Machine operation monitoring systems
i) Radiofrequency technology(s): microwave, millimeter-wave, and millijoule wave communications for example). The most common types of CCT are RF/MW, microwave, and millijoule wave. But there are many other forms of CCT, such as optical communications, fiber telecommunications, and space-based communication. The world is going through an unprecedented period of rapid technological developments. While many “technologies” are frequently mentioned in the same breath (such as manufacturing automation or computer-controlled industrial systems), they do not necessarily have to be related in any way (unless they are used in combination), which can lead to confusion.
It is therefore important that we refer to all types of CCT as “communications construction technology.” You can think of them as different ways of constructing communications networks: RF/MW, microwave and millijoule waves; optical fiber; fiber optics; fiber-optic communications; microwave radio-frequency technology; space communications; radio frequency signals (RFID); mill wave waves or millijoule waves; microwave or infrared signals, etc. In addition, some call these technologies “communication methods”: for example, communication methods for production plants include manufacturing automation, computer controls, and process instrumentation. In this article, I will concentrate on RF/MW CCT because it is what I know best and because it has been my focus for nearly 15 years now.
9. The first, Second, Third, and Fourth Generation of Construction Technology
The first, Second, and Third generations of Construction technology are categories, or subcategories, of construction materials. The Second Generation consists of cementitious materials. In addition to cementitious materials, there is also the Third Generation consisting of non-cementitious materials.
The Fourth Generation includes hydrogels, which can be made into composites, or plastic films that are strong enough to be used in bearings and seals.
“Construction Technology” (commonly referred to as “construction”) is the physical and building-related field that deals with the creation, preservation, and maintenance of structures.
The three broad categories are civil construction, structural engineering, and mechanical engineering.
Civil construction refers to the creation of physical structures; structural engineering refers to the design and maintenance of these structures; and mechanical engineering refers to the design, manufacture, installation, and testing of machinery for these structures.