Top 5 Technology Trends in 2021 to Shape The Future!

Top 5 Technology Trends in 2021 to Shape The Future!

Technology is evolving at a blistering pace. It’s helping us all to achieve more with less effort – and that is only ever going to be a good thing! When it comes to the construction industry, there are a handful of emerging technologies that are really fascinating us and continue to develop and grow.

In this guide, we’ll take a look at 5 technology trends which, while emerging now, are only going to develop enormously in the years to come. How could they help your architecture projects – and cement improved business for the decades ahead? Read on to find out.

Edge Computing

Edge computing is the next step in cloud technology. While the cloud allows us to process data and manage information from a central source (from just about anywhere), the edge speeds the process up that little bit further.

In construction, edge computing could be used to access remote data and visualisations in remote locations. There’s no longer the need to be in a city centre to gain access to an efficient cloud. This will help to ensure the success of remote construction work for years to come, and it’s well on its way into the mainstream.


Cybersecurity is definitely nothing new, but it’s on the cusp of some very big changes. That’s because, as you may imagine, hackers and cyberattackers are always looking for new ways to get in through network backdoors and to intercept unsecured routers.

As long as technology evolves, so will cybersecurity. It’s a fairly new concept for some businesses to grasp, as it’s no longer the case that an antivirus suite will cover all bases. Construction firms, for example, will likely benefit from a custom cybersecurity fit-out. This is important to ensure that all your plans, visualisations and customer data stay well away from prying eyes.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is changing the way we handle menial jobs and tasks. Machine learning is a process through which we can teach programs and robotics to take on tasks for us. Right now, across many industries, AI is absolutely enormous, and considered to be the fastest growing industry.

AI is already used to help monitor technological performance and to analyse data. In the construction industry, this could be used to help calculate material costs and produce blueprints or as-built 2D drawings quicker than ever before. It’s getting easier to produce visualisations through AI, and that’s because it’s doing a lot of the work for us!

Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things is massively exciting. This is the term used to describe devices that connect to the internet – though they are not necessarily your average PCs, Macs or smartphones. A few years ago, thinking that a fridge or washing machine could connect to data would have been met with all kinds of odd looks!

IoT is massive business. By next year alone, we are likely to look at spending to tip beyond $1 trillion on related tech. For the construction industry, IoT applications are almost limitless. For example, you can invest in measuring equipment that delivers data directly to the cloud. That is why our 3D laser scanners can capture accurate results within a short amount of time. Saving you time and money for ready-to-go drawings of 3D BIM Revit models.


You may have come across blockchain before in the shape of cryptocurrencies. Without blockchain, we wouldn’t have Bitcoin. Beyond all the benefits that cryptocurrencies bring to the table, blockchain technology has incredible potential for businesses, consumers and more for years to come.

Blockchain works on a ‘digital ledger’, and provides users with uneditable information that is easy to trace, and free from any single point of ownership. That is why it is emerging as a popular resource for contract writing and setup.

In the construction and architecture industry, for example, you may choose to write a contract on blockchain to protect your money as well as any intellectual property. Blockchain records cannot be amended – which means there is zero room for legal quibble further down the line.

What’s Next?

Technology is fascinating – and we can’t wait to see how advanced software is going to change construction, design and build for the years to come. At Glasgow Measured Survey, we already use leading tools and tech to ensure precise data capture from ceiling to floor. The above are only a few top trends we anticipate making big waves very soon.

Want to know more about how leading technology could help to support your building or construction project? Call our team directly, or complete our online booking form today to receive a free quote.


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    Author: Sonia