Government agencies are rarely known for being on the leading edge of technological change, but the OCPA (Orange County (Fla.) Property Appraiser’s Office) has begun employing advanced technology such as AI (artificial intelligence to aid a profession that requires precise measurements and analysis. The office employs 140 skilled professionals with an array of new applications to serve the public including a field customer service survey tool, and a website chatbot that uses conversational intelligence. OCPA has also implemented an AI-powered financial solution. Orange County is a major vacation destination—the region had 75 million visitors in 2019—and has many unique properties for the office to value. For example, it is responsible for the accurate assessment of seven major theme parks, four water parks, more than 16,000 timeshare units, and nearly 90,000 hotel rooms.
Contractors report green practices hat promoting energy efficiency are most commonly used in homes: 91% of homebuilders use energy-efficient approaches, and 69% do so on the majority of their projects. These practices may include the use of LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances and right-sized, highly efficient HVAC systems. Ninety-seven percent of builders doing more than 50% of their projects green report using energy efficiency practices on more than 75% of their projects; 88% mention a tight building envelope and 61% use high-performance ventilation.
I have been writing about the IoT (Internet of Things) before we even called it the IoT. In the past few years, traction has steadily picked up in the construction industry and it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. One area the IoT has made its mark is with tools.
With the rise of voice assistants and chatbots, the latest episode of Constructech TV digs into the growth predictions, construction case studies, and potential hurdles to adopting the technology. Peggy Smedley asks: Can we trust Alexa and Siri with our business? And perhaps, more importantly, if we can’t, what needs to happen next to help the construction industry feel good about the privacy and security of voice assistants.
In industries like construction, AI (artificial intelligence) technologies are helping organizations innovate and meet society’s evolving needs in a connected world. However, questions remain about the darker sides of AI, including the ethical conundrums raised in certain use cases.
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.
The promise that technology will boost productivity and competitiveness for construction organizations relies entirely on deployment success…and not all deployment recipes are created equal.
According to the World Economic Forum, “the population of the world’s urban areas is increasing by 200,000 people per day, all of whom need affordable housing as well as social, transportation, and utility infrastructure.”
Peggy and Marcel Broekmaat, director of product management, connect applications, Trimble, talk about lagging productivity in construction and how the three Cs—constructible, content enabled, and connected—can help. He explains how to connect construction projects and that there are wins for all parties involved in construction.
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.