Low inventory of houses in many parts of the country is causing an imbalance in supply and demand. While prices have gone up about 6.7% January 2020 versus 2019 not every area is seeing the same results. U.S. home-sale prices increased to a median of $306,400, according to a new report from Redfin, a real estate brokerage. Home prices were also up 0.7% month over month on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Cities are more than a collection of people and buildings; they house the innovation and resiliency needed to sustain nations—they are the factories producing the future. But cities change as their people change and surveys continuously monitor those changes. One of those comes from the Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative and WeWork, the Future of Work and Cities Survey. The survey polled over 30,000 full-time and part-time workers across 50 cities in 18 countries, including 7,500 respondents who are WeWork members. While people in almost every city described their city as a thriving center of creativity, community, and family, one in three respondents say they are considering moving in the next two years.
Here’s an interesting concept. We are always talking about how we need to be diligent about educating our employees about cybersecurity best practices and technology, but we need to take that a step further and also be innovative when it comes to our processes, policies, and mandates.
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.
“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 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.