Today, construction companies can tap into an arsenal of tools and technologies to help perform work in a way that is productive and safe. Technology companies continue to come to market with new products aimed at improving business processes. Here’s a closer look at some of the new products and platforms on the market today. Modeling Moves Forward BIM (building information modeling) continues to advances, offering construction professionals the ability to use technology to improve business processes. One area in particular that is seeing an infusion of new capabilities is 4D modeling.
The cloud has become the resource many companies turn to when they need large amounts of digital storage, constantly updated SaaS (software-as-a-service), or high-performance computing capabilities. With the aggressive expansion of AI (artificial intelligence) in applications, even smaller companies can benefit from the computing power available in the cloud. And while the cloud has been highly publicized as an option for everything digital, an even more powerful environment exists that hasn’t gotten nearly as much coverage: quantum computing. A recent IDC (Intl Data Corp.) survey of IT and business personnel responsible for quantum computing adoption found that improved AI capabilities, accelerated business intelligence, and increased productivity and efficiency were the top expectations of organizations currently investing in cloud-based quantum computing.
As many of you know I have a strong opinion that 5G is going to have a big impact on many industries as I have been talking about over on Connected World and The Peggy Smedley Show. Therefore, it should come as no surprise than that I believe 5G is going to change the way the construction industry conducts business—for the good I might add.
Corporate owners that want to see greater productivity, more engagement on the construction jobsite, and saved costs need to consider the digital twin on future projects. Peggy Smedley shares what the digital twin is, the benefits, applications, and opportunities. She also chats with Corey Johnson, director, product management, Bentley Systems
There are officials who are worried about a lack of hospital beds for the potential COVID-19/Coronavirus patients as the pandemic and number of people testing positive grows. Hospital capacity in some cities is limited by aged and underfunded facilities or lack of adequate building expansion potential. In China, a massive effort by the government along with building contractors and workers built two 1,300 bed hospitals in slightly more than a week. These were in the Wuhan area where the coronavirus first appeared in strength.
Meanwhile, in the US, local officials are wrangling over shutting down businesses to prevent the spread of the virus while allowing “essential” businesses to remain open and functioning.
Much has changed since the original Constructech Top Products launched more than 10 years ago. Perhaps the biggest change worth noting is that the technology itself has evolved, rather quickly too.
For the last few years, the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry has faced an uphill battle with the shrinking labor pool. From skilled trade workers to college educated construction management graduates, the demand for employees to fill new positions has grown and continues to grow past what schools are able to meet.
“Damn!” The mobile device I use daily not only wouldn’t come up to my apps, but kept rebooting every 60 seconds or so. The goofy tablet wouldn’t even shut off. We’ve probably all been there, and I knew what was needed—off to the local computer repair depot.
Peggy and Chris Vandersluis, president and founder, HMS Software, talks about how voice is leading the way in how enterprises function. He explains that using technology has become natural now and will be the default in business. They also discuss privacy and security considerations.
In our industry we have to be ever present of the hazards that surround us. On the jobsite, we have to contend with unanticipated site conditions, damage, or theft of materials, equipment, and tools, and the myriad of safety hazards that demand a continuous 360 degree awareness of our surroundings.