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.
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.
As embark upon a new year, many of us our thinking about how to innovate operational practices. For Rudolph and and Sletten, investing in a new construction technology requires careful consideration. There needs to be an internal dialog about how the technology will directly benefit the company. Expected efficiencies, cost savings, data capture and reporting are all areas that need to be discussed. In addition, there needs to be an overlying discussion on how adoption will keep the company relevant, innovative as well as how to accommodate adoption. This post aims to help other companies by sharing the key questions that should be answered prior to investing in a new technology.
More than ever, technology plays a vital role in today’s design and construction firms. Emerging solutions are greatly influencing the way a project operates as well as how project stakeholders perform their tasks. However, there are so many options to consider, each having their own pros and cons. Some solutions really suit a specific project role, while others seem to cover a wide range of activities.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably noticed the design and construction industry is rapidly evolving with new, emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is just one of the many technologies positively impacting the way project teams work. AR allows designers and builders to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. This post touches on why the technology’s range and depth of application is truly groundbreaking.
Bringing technology to an active jobsite can prove to be culturally challenging. A traditional job site is accustomed to generating a lot of documents from multiple sources throughout the course of the project. The sheer volume of documentation can lead to an increased potential for miscommunication and error. If the information is shared between individual stakeholders, a lot of time can be spent on re-entering data and can also lead to incomplete data. Fortunately, there are many new and emerging technologies that are quickly overcoming many of these challenges.
Innovating A/E/C practices with new technology requires team commitment. This commitment begins with collaborative and strategic discussions within a company, and more specifically, among cross-functioning departments and stakeholders. Discussion about A/E/C practices across functional areas should include insight from operational subject matter experts, information systems personnel, training and development personnel, executive sponsors and insight from key stakeholder groups. The intent of these discussions is to identify transition activities, eliminate duplicative activities and create operational efficiencies.
Stop and take a look at the world around you. It is easy to find people pausing to check their smart phone or mobile device for email or conducting business out of the office. Mobile devices and productivity applications are greatly transforming today’s modern business environment. Located in Redwood City, Rudolph and Sletten is in a hotbed of technological innovation and we’ve witnessed increased demand for project information that is needed anytime, anyplace. From construction executives to field personnel, the need for real time project reporting is rapidly becoming an industry standard.