There’s a lot of buzz about the growing role of smart technology in the construction industry, but what goes into developing remarkable technology? As someone with an insider’s view into the development of a successful IoT solution for ready-mix producers, I’ve seen what works well, and where these development projects can go awry.
Since the earliest days of digital computing, programming languages have evolved to solve both general and niche problems. Scientific languages, such as FORTRAN, and business-focused ones like COBOL were developed to run on mainframe computers—the only ones available—and are still in use more than 60 years after being created.
Our civilization is in the midst of both housing and environmental crises. According to the United Nations, 68% of the world population will be living in urban areas by 2050. The implications of this in terms of climate change are considerable based on the fact that urban areas rely greatly on use of concrete and steel. In terms of the environmental footprint, the manufacturing of cement is responsible for approximately 8% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions; a figure that will increase if urban construction trends continue to rise.
Many projects are shutting down or working with reduced staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Add to that the well-documented existing worker shortage and work risks falling behind schedule as uncertainty about the future looms. While seemingly dire, technology is enabling organizations to continue some operations and keep projects on track.
The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been a wake-up call on many fronts. And if you are in the construction industry, it could be the nudge you need to focus on more effective innovation.
Homebuilders turn to advanced service management technology for enhanced communication and quality, which translates to happier customers and more referrals.
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.
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.