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Episode 37, The Worker
Revolution, part 1

Peggy Smedley opens by discussing the impact the skilled labor shortage will continue to have on the construction market.
She discusses how the adoption of technology will factor into the equation and impact productivity.

Thought Leadership

When discussing technology and risk, the focus is often on the increased exposures a company faces when implementing or utilizing technology. Take for instance the liability that can come with a drone taking photos.

New hardware that integrates with smartphones or tablets is becoming invaluable for measurement and quality control on jobsites. With a focus on MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) system energy performance, I have found several new tools that are indispensable additions to anyone’s field kit. 

A new type of highly flowable concrete bridges the gap between conventional and self-consolidating concrete.

Conventional concrete has been used as a building material since Joseph Aspdin invented Portland cement in 1824.

The Peggy Smedley Show

Talkin’ Tech, Hurdles, and Strategies

Peggy is joined by Chris Penrose, president, Internet of Things, AT&T Business, and James Brehm, founder and chief technology evangelist, James Brehm & Associates, who identify the biggest hurdles of the IoT including security, integrating IoT into business, scaling IoT, and lack of talent. Penrose explains how AT&T is helping manage security end-to-end. They also talk about the trends going forward, including the fact that every business will change the way they operate by introducing IoT technologies.

Constructech Top Products 2018

How Tech Steps In

Construction professionals recognize the skilled labor shortage is causing a ripple effect that is impacting every single business across the country. The good news; however, is that technology can help in a big way, especially if implemented at the right time within the right company. Forrester Researchwww.forrester.com, Cambridge, Mass., suggests 2018 will be the year when a majority of enterprises will start dealing with the hard facts, which include embracing technology solutions such as AI (artificial intelligence), big data, and cloud computing, among others.