The last few years have brought many changes to the world. Remote working, more electric vehicles, and changes in what it means to be on a job site. There are also infrastructure trends that are shaping and reshaping the infrastructure projects being rolled out. This is especially true in the wake of Congress passing an infrastructure bill.
Member firms within the infrastructure industry have had to make various shifts along the way to adjust for changes in technology and supply chain issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Have all these things affected — or influenced — infrastructure trends in the precast concrete industry? Will it affect infrastructure investment, integration, and operations? Will it change infrastructure-led investments in the near future?
Here are two big trends that are impacting the infrastructure sector now and likely for the foreseeable future.
Trend #1: Greater focus on sustainability
Creating sustainable products that are safer for the environment has been something that industries of all kinds have been focusing on in recent years.
From design to construction, “going green” is a key discussion that professionals in the infrastructure industry are having right now. This is true whether one is casting concrete panels, retaining walls, or buried infrastructure vaults for utilities and stormwater maintenance.
Companies working on new building projects are aware of how important sustainable building products are. Construction efforts are centering more on environmental impacts.
Sustainable design — using a combination of precast concrete products, reusable materials, and other energy-efficient products that are good for the environment over the long term — is increasingly important.
Trend #2: 3D Printing
3D concrete printing via large-scale 3D printers is innovative, saving time and money for contractors in both the residential and commercial construction industries.
Using 3D concrete printing technology translates to less waste. It also means that there is no need for large-scale concrete molds. This helps increase productivity and gives users more freedom in their designs.
Industry professionals are excited about what the future looks like for 3D printing. So far, it shows great promise in being introduced to mainstream construction work.
Whether it is new roads or large commercial structures, infrastructure is a key part of creating unique communities around the country. By staying on top of industry trends, companies within the industry can design and build sustainable spaces for families, businesses, and individuals.
At Rogue Valley Precast, we are committed to staying on top of industry trends to ensure we are doing our part to provide the best precast products possible.
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