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At the start of any construction project, you have to ask what materials and method would best accomplish your goal. You’ve probably come across modular bridge construction and you’ve wondered what is it and should you consider it.

We’ve created a brief introduction to modular construction and its benefits to bridge design.

Modular Construction

Modular construction is any construction that is built in a controlled environment, typically a factory, and later installed on-site. The popularity of modular construction is increasingly rising due to its various advantages such as speed, flexibility, and customization.

Modular construction, sometimes known as prefabricated construction, is built with the same materials and similar methods as regular construction, but often comes with additional features unique to prefabrication. For example, since they are manufactured in a controlled environment modular construction has the advantage of ensured quality.

In addition, because it takes place simultaneously in a factory and on-site, modular construction can be completed in half the time of traditional construction. This rapid construction phase and versatility allow them to be used in various situations.

The combination of ensured quality, speed, and flexibility is why modular construction is often considered a durable and efficient option for builders.

The Benefits of Modular Bridges

Modular bridges are relatively modern and thus have many misconceptions. Despite popular belief, modular bridges do not require the use of already premade sections of limited sizing and options. The great thing about modular bridges is their customization and flexibility.

Every modular bridge is specifically designed custom to your project and design. This customization process makes it a preferred and sometimes even, required option for some bridge projects.

Not to mention, since most of the bridge is premade in a safe environment, the likelihood of weather delays or traffic disruption is significantly decreased. Additionally, it provides workers with safer and more comfortable working conditions. Thus modular bridges offer easy and effective project management. It’s an ideal option for any construction project with time or budget constraints.

Build your Next Bridge with U.S. Bridge

As an industry leader in bridge manufacturing and engineering, we’ve built solutions that can be utilized for any bridge project. We’ve developed Bridge Kits, a DIY solution for accelerated bridge construction that is engineered, designed, manufactured, and galvanized per AISC certifications.

We work with environmentally friendly materials to build strong, long-lasting bridges. Coupled with extensive experience, our team designs, and manufactures high-quality bridges custom to your project.

We’ve been engineering bridges for decades. If you’d like to know more about our Bridge Kits and accelerated bridge construction, please contact us for a free quote or use our exclusive bridge design tool Bridge Scope today.

The Future Of Construction Technology And Millennials In The Industry

Views on the construction industry are beginning to change as technology becomes more and more prevalent. This is true in many areas of the workforce. For a long time, the construction industry has been considered the last to embrace technology. However, the rise of tech in the industry is inevitable. Not to mention, upcoming job positions are being filled by millennials, who have grown up in a technology driven world. This not only transforms the future of construction but demands that the industry also evolve to embrace innovation. In another article, U.S. Bridge mentions the need for technology to make up for labor shortages. How can companies face this challenge to advance the future of construction?

Millennials in Construction, Embracing Innovation

As the construction industry continues to evolve, it will have to adjust to changes in innovation. So, this most likely means that technology will play a huge role in the coming years. With millennials taking over, it is especially crucial. In fact, according to Paul Gomori, Application Engineering Manager at JCA Electronics, “older generations look to millennials for how to incorporate tech into the job site.” This often leads to a problem of closing the gap between the construction professionals with years of experience and the younger technology-savvy generations. How can companies form a balance among the gap? Younger generations are used to the constant changes that occur in the workforce. In other words, they are open to experimenting between solutions and incorporating technology to help get there. Some of the emerging technology that will shape future construction include:

  • Drones
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Smartphone Apps
  • Tablets
  • Wearables

The Future of Construction

There are many advantages that arise from incorporating technology in construction. For example, the efficiency and productivity of design or building processes.

“The right construction technology can centralize information and communication, improve safety, and reduce the amount of time spent on non-value-added tasks.”

Chad Hollingsworth, Cofounder & President, Triax Technologies

As millennials take over, there will be drastic changes in construction projects. For example, one significant shift will be the duration of processes. Manual work can be time-consuming and may cause delays among steps. Not only will technology prevent these circumstances, but with the help of millennials in the construction industry, the use of tech will become widespread.

U.S. Bridge is Evolving

U.S. Bridge is making a difference in infrastructure. In fact, our skilled professionals are hard at work incorporating the latest advancements in construction. Our steel bridges are designed and constructed with a proven and reliable fabricating and quality assurance process. Get a Quote today.