The construction industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation, with activity being driven by an increased focus on environmental sustainability and workplace safety, and the growing importance of technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics. In the last three years alone, there have been over 425,000 patents filed and granted in the construction industry, according to ұDzٲٲ’s report on Innovation in construction: post cast strip structures. .

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However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilizing and reaching maturity.

Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.

80+ innovations will shape the construction industry

According to ұDzٲٲ’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the construction industry using innovation intensity models built on over 232,000 patents, there are 80+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, self-healing concrete, waterproof floor drains, and construction 3D printing are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Smart glazing, regeneration control hydraulics, and floating breakwaters are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are wall surface temperature controls and embossed floor panels, which are now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the construction industry

Post cast strip structures is a key innovation area in construction

Post cast strip structures refer to the support systems used in the construction of cast-in-situ concrete beam plate forms. These structures mainly comprise steel truss floor support plates, adjustable support structures under the beam, and dismountable steel bar girder bed dies. The use of adjustable supports allows changing the beam width and beam slab base absolute altitude. This technology improves the efficiency of construction and helps in saving labor and cost.

ұDzٲٲ’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 170+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established construction companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of post cast strip structures.

Key players in post cast strip structures – a disruptive innovation in the construction industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to post cast strip structures

Company Total patents (2021 - 2023) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
China State Construction Engineering 177 Unlock Company Profile
PERI 123 Unlock Company Profile
Umdasch Group 66 Unlock Company Profile
Form700 65 Unlock Company Profile
State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council 49 Unlock Company Profile
China Railway Group 31 Unlock Company Profile
Metallurgical Corporation of China 27 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Construction Group 23 Unlock Company Profile
Mondragon Cooperativa 23 Unlock Company Profile
Kumkang Kind 12 Unlock Company Profile
China Communications Construction Group 12 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
Huahui Engineering Design Group 11 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction Fourth Engineering Bureau 9 Unlock Company Profile
China MCC5 Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
China National Chemical Engineering Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
The First Company of China Eighth Engineering Bureau 7 Unlock Company Profile
Chongqing Construction Engineering Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
Encofrados J. Alsina 7 Unlock Company Profile
CCCC Road and Bridge Consultants 6 Unlock Company Profile
China MCC20 Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
Baishan Zhongtian Development Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
China Third Metallurgical Group 6 Unlock Company Profile
Ischebeck Titan 6 Unlock Company Profile
Shanghai Ershiye Construction 5 Unlock Company Profile
Country Garden 5 Unlock Company Profile
Sistemas Tecnicos de Encofrados 5 Unlock Company Profile
First Construction Engineering Constr 2Nd Engineering Bureau 5 Unlock Company Profile
CSCEC Strait Construction and Development 5 Unlock Company Profile
No 2 Constr Group Constr Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
Power Construction Corporation of China 5 Unlock Company Profile
China Shanxi Sijian Group 5 Unlock Company Profile
POSCO 5 Unlock Company Profile
3rd Construction Construction 8th Engineering Division 5 Unlock Company Profile
Zhejiang Green Building Integration Technologies 5 Unlock Company Profile
MCC5 Group Shanghai 5 Unlock Company Profile
The Third Construction Engineering Construction Second engineering Bureau 4 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction Middle East 4 Unlock Company Profile
The Second Construction of China Construction Eighth Engineering Division 4 Unlock Company Profile
Anhui Construction Engineering Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Jiangsu Zhongnan Construction Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
SH Design and Build 4 Unlock Company Profile
Enviri 4 Unlock Company Profile
Long Yuan Construction Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Mills 4 Unlock Company Profile
China Construction First Group 4 Unlock Company Profile
Laminated Wood Systems 4 Unlock Company Profile
Guotsing 4 Unlock Company Profile
Sinohydro Bureau 8 3 Unlock Company Profile
Qingdao No 1 Construction Group 3 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

One of the leading patent filers in post cast strip structure technologies is (ACEG), a provider of engineering construction, investment, industrial chain finance, and real estate services. One of ACEG’s key innovations is the development of a cast-in-situ concrete beam plate form bracing system and its construction method. The system comprises a steel truss floor support plate and adjustable support structures under the beam. The steel bar girder bed die is dismountable and improves efficiency of construction while reducing costs. Another innovator in the space is China Construction Eighth Engineering Division, a provider of construction services. Key innovations by the company include the development of a supporting structure used for buildings and a construction method for a platform formwork structure. The use of a platform structure and a supporting structure can achieve an ultrahigh formwork, as compared to an existing ultrahigh all-round scaffold, which saves cost, shortens the construction period, and reduces potential safety hazards better.

Among the leaders in terms of application diversity are Sistemas Tecnicos de Encofrados and . By means of geographic reach, Form700 holds the top position, followed by Encofrados J. Alsina and Umdasch Group.

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