Each new year presents a wave of new technologies innovating both design and construction. From goggles that alter 3D models to smart building materials that can regenerate themselves, the AEC industry is constantly being exposed to transformational innovations. As technology companies continue to offer up ways to revolutionize design and construction, in many instances, they'll find complacent AEC service providers. This scenario leads us to believe our industry is ripe for disruption. BuildingTech Insider identifies the key reasons why the construction industry is ripe for disruption.
Building large complex structures is a very expensive and time-consuming undertaking. The construction industry is making great strides due to emerging technologies allowing technical professionals to gather data, automate processes, and build structures with greater precision and speed. From an executive's point of view, it's important to identify the tools that work well with company business practices and offer the most favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. BuildingTech Insider offers an executive's perspective on the innovations in construction that deserve sincere consideration.
Have you wondered about how the Internet of Things [IoT] is changing the way we build? If so, you may be interested in reading this post. You may immediately think of wearables or intelligent buildings, which is a good start. However, if you really delve into all the ways IoT touches your daily work practices, you may be surprised. This BuildingTech Insider post covers just some of the many ways IoT is transforming the way we build.
The titans of the tech industry have been warning the public of their growing concern of robotic intelligence, i.e. machine learning. They say these systems will become so sophisticated that they could phase humans out of labor industries. Intelligent machines are becoming more reactive to a wide range of variables on the job site and reducing project costs to the extent that the role of field personnel is changing. Some speculate the blue-collar worker is at risk while others predict that their role will change.
Today’s building systems are dynamic. They functionally integrate to minimize energy consumption, decrease water usage, increase indoor air quality, reduce operational costs, and minimize environmental impact. Buildings are being designed to deliver services to make occupants more productive (e.g. lighting, comfortable climate, indoor air quality, physical security, sanitation, etc.) at the lowest cost over it’s lifetime. There's a lot to love about their intelligence.
When it comes to collaboration, are you a big fan of the white-board? What if we were to tell you that your well-loved whiteboard will eventually take residence next to your dusty cassette tape player? Would you believe it? Technologies in the form of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are becoming a game-changer for team collaboration, enabling a spatial environment for effective decision-making. Immersive collaboration allows users to communicate in real-time, effectively working together from remote locations as if they were walking a project site together. This posts highlights the five ways immersive technologies are transforming project team engagement.
A solid foundation for implementation will yield companywide results.
At a time of fierce competition, the distance between technical promise and genuine achievement is a matter of special concern. Faced with their regular duties, Managers experience great difficulty in closing this gap. The key challenges for managers responsible for implementing new technology include: an inescapable dual role, the range of technologies that need to be supported, resistance to change, the right degree of incentives, and the need for one person to take overall responsibility. This post offers up 10 Quick Tips For Implementing a New Construction Technology.
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The drones are coming! Yes, they are making their way to your jobsite if they have not already arrived. Why? They provide invaluable perspective. These unmanned aircraft systems allow builders to more effectively study jobsite conditions enabling time and money savings. More importantly, the drone can operate with various degrees of autonomy to capture jobsite viewpoints previously inaccessible. The presence of jobsite drones is a game changer.
Drones can outperform humans in number of ways. First and foremost, they can fly. Beyond that very fundamental fact, drones capture invaluable information for project manager dissemination, allowing for a greater level of oversight. Rather than comparing the drones to humans, the following discusses how the drones can effectively serve a project from start to finish.
Everyone seems to have a 2017 Hot Tech List. I thought it would be great to follow up with on our own take on what will be top-of-mind this year. First, let’s consider the big industry picture, there are A LOT of construction technologies allowing builders to communicate in real time with project stakeholders. Communication is not just through a phone call; it can be through image-sharing, document-sharing or quick text messages via smart phone or tablet. Builders no longer have to wait to report activity at the end of the day or until they have the next team meeting to report updates. There is a tremendous shift taking place.
The other day, I read an article from Construction Dive reporting data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau stating “…the construction industry loses up to $1 billion annually in heavy equipment theft…that does not even account for smaller tools stolen from job sites every day.” When I think about the amount of people, materials, and equipment moving in and out of any one given project, I cannot help but think there are technology solutions to this problem.