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The New York Times recently reported two different companies, Proteus Digital Health and HQ, are working on ingestible, pill-like computers that you can swallow with a glass of milk or water. Once inside your body, tiny sensors and transmitters go about their business, whether it's tracking your internal biorhythms or wirelessly reporting back on your body's current health status to your doctor.

Wow! What an innovation.

Such a high-tech innovation got me thinking about how something as sturdy, durable and long-lasting as metal can stay innovative. No sooner did I start contemplating this than I read how serial real estate investor, marketing expert, and real estate futurist, Michael Craig, recently forecasted three game-changing advancements that will significantly impact metal building construction and metal architecture.

While they may not be as high-tech as ingestible computers, they sound to me like important innovations:

Cargo Container Construction: With the U.S. new construction industry desperate for ways to cut costs and provide sustainable solutions without undermining quality, cargo container construction is a boon. This is especially true for America's multi-family, mixed-use, and commercial markets that are completely underserved despite growing demand for this new and novel building methodology.

Check out our coverage of cargo container construction here and here.

Building Industry Modeling (BIM) Software: The emerging BIM process allows building designers and architects to work in "5-D"-a 3-D model of the project with the 4th and 5th dimension being the addition of scheduling and cost estimating, respectively. Using BIM, developers can employ an integrative project delivery approach to planning and design and bring all members of the architectural, design, engineering, construction and environmental teams to the table at the onset of a project.

Check out our coverage of BIM software here and here.

Insulation Advancements: Traditional insulation actually does not stop the transfer of heat or cold between external environments and interior living spaces, but rather it simply works to delay the transfer through multiple inches of material designed to absorb hot and cold. Newer forms of insulation can actually repel external heat or cold without having to factor in the necessary 4-8 inches of insulation space that, in fact, would not mitigate the condensation factor that metal runs against when facing a temperature difference between outside and inside spaces. Thus, traditional insulation would only create moisture in hard to reach spaces that would promote mold and rot, rather than a comfortable, appealing living environment in all climates. Emerging insulation technologies maximize space while providing the highest form of a thermal barrier that utilizes the Bernoulli Effect.

Check out our coverage of insulation advancements here, here and here.

At Metal Construction News and Metal Architecture we realize how important industry innovations are to you and we strive to keep our readership abreast of them. I have written on two of above three topics and look forward to bringing about as many innovations to our readers as I can. In the meantime:

  • Do you agree with Craig's forecast?
  • What innovations are you seeing on the horizon of the metal construction and metal architecture industries?
  • What areas of these two industries are in dire need of an innovation?
  • What have you done that's innovative lately?

Comment down below or email me at and I'll share your insight and innovations with our readers.


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