Construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in December and by 151,000, or 2% in all of 2019, according to an analysis of new government data by the AGC (Associated General Contractors of America). Overall, the December 2019 labor statistics showed a moderate improvement, 140,000 non-farm jobs. AGC officials noted that its recent survey found three out of four contractors expect to keep adding workers in 2020, but even more respondents found it difficult to fill positions in 2019, and a majority anticipate it will be as hard or harder to do so in 2020. Officials called on the federal government to increase funding for career and technical education and expand employment-based immigration for workers whose skills are in short supply.
The commercial building market is expected to grow in 2020, driven by medical office and industrial buildings while the general office market will see flatter conditions, according to a survey of commercial real estate brokers Transwestern and its Canadian partner Devencore. The commercial building market is expected to grow in 2020, driven by medical office and industrial buildings while the general office market will see flatter conditions, according to a survey of commercial real estate brokers Transwestern and its Canadian partner Devencore. While it predicts the U.S. office sector should remain relatively steady, medical offices will boost the overall market.
Here’s a not-so-bold prediction for this year: If your company isn’t hyper-focused on cybersecurity, it will likely experience a breach.
Continuing on the blog series I started in early December, looking at technology predictions for the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning), and digital transformation, today I will tackle a topic that is still relatively nascent in the construction industry: digital twin.
Peggy Smedley highlights AWP (advanced work packaging) for the construction industry. She sits down with Brad Barth, chief product officer, InEight Software, to detail what the process is and how it can ensure project teams improve productivity, increase predictability, while mitigating their project risk. They define the concept, outline the benefits, and help viewers understand how to align resources, processes, and planning disciplines.
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.
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.