Global Engineering

Engineering Trends to Watch

With the dawn of a new decade comes a slew of new design trends, and as 2020 kicks into gear, you can be sure that there will be plenty of advancements in the engineering world.

Whether it’s the technology sector, the world of IT or finance, or the IoT, the next decade is going to be an exciting one for anyone with an interest in engineering.

Biggest Tech Trends

In terms of technology, there are several trends that engineers will be watching and taking advantage of advancements in.

Just some of the biggest tech trends include:

  • 5G
  • AI
  • Autonomous Driving
  • Blockchain
  • Personalized and predictive medicine
  • Extended Reality
  • Computer Vision

For those who are looking at a future in the engineering field, considering how these technologies will affect the way forward is essential. While some trends burn bright and then fade away, many will reshape the world, and the employment sectors too.

The following fields are the ones that are touted as being the most prevalent in the engineering world, and those that are set to advance the most in the next decade:

Why the IoT is a Game Changer

The Internet of Things is cropping up a lot here, and for good reason. The IoT is changing the landscape for devices in industry, and at home, and it’s slowly but steadily finding its way into just about everywhere, from major businesses to private homes. From being able to track huge shipments using state of the art GPS, to making sure your smartphone battery is charged for when you want to play the has to offer on the go, the IoT is everywhere.

It is estimated that in the next year, IoT could increase company revenues by as much as $344 billion and save business as much as $177 in costs. The IoT affects just about every engineering sector mentioned on the above lists, from autonomous cars to Blockchain and Cloud Computing. It can be used in so many different ways and its applications are almost endless.

Sustainable Energy Advances

If you look at all the trends listed, you’ll note that they all need something to keep them functioning. That something is energy. There is an ever-increasing drive for sustainable, renewable energy sources and new innovations are quickly coming to the fore.

The top things to look out for with regards to sustainable energy advances will be innovations in:

  • Energy storage
  • Longer last, more powerful batteries
  • AI & sustainable energy
  • Grid Parity
  • Cybersecurity
  • Distributed Energy Resource
  • Blockchain

The Blockchain Effect

While we may have initially come across the concept of Blockchain with Bitcoin, this type of technology has almost endless applications and can be used in many sectors of the engineering world. It appears on all our trend lists, and for good reason. It can be used in so many ways, and offers people access to information in a whole new way.

The medical field is already implementing Blockchain technology in multiple ways, as is the financial sector, and it is only a matter of time before engineers are able to harness it and use it to its full potential in the development of new and exciting products.