Laura Black

About Laura Black

Since 2007, Laura Black has been writing for both Constructech magazine and its sister publication Connected World magazine, focusing on articles that help business professionals understand the value of technology.

Smart Offices Entice a Return to Work

It’s time to return to work, and despite what some people might say many want to return to work. Even Gartner predicts by 2022, 60% of hybrid workers will prioritize a “wellness-equipped smart office” over a remote office. And for the construction industry, well, sometimes going to the jobsite isn’t optional. However, we are going to need to create that “wellness-equipped smart office” if we want to entice people back into buildings, field trailers, and the jobsite. So let’s take a closer look at what this exactly might look like.

What’s Next: Disruption in Construction

Disruption: What is your first thought when you hear this word? Do you cringe? Or think of big opportunities? Too often, leaders in the construction industry shy away from disruption. But the reality is, as Peggy Smedley always says, construction needs positive disruption, and quite frankly if you don’t disrupt, you will be disrupted. Just look at what has happened with COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s Next: Our Buildings

A few years back, I attended NeoCon in Chicago and much of the discussion there was around how design was changing—particularly in offices and schools settings—to facilitate more collaboration. Such is the case in my school district. A multimillion-dollar referendum was passed in March of this year, with one of the big objectives being: reconstruction of buildings to encourage greater collaboration among students. In the past few months, it has crossed my mind more than once: is collaborative design and construction still the way to go?

What’s Next: Women, Unite

I am in the middle of a blog series on what needs to happen next to propel the construction industry forward, amid a pandemic and economic turmoil. Naturally, some of the first topics I tackled were heavily tech-focused such as the IoT (Internet of Things) or process-driven such as prefab. However, I think it is just as apropos that we talk about societal changes that need to happen, specifically around women in the workplace.

What’s Next: IoT

It’s time for digital transformation. Construction needs it now more than ever. To help, I am writing a series of blogs that will help identify where to focus your energies in the months ahead. Already we have gone through sustainability and prefab. Now, I think it is time to look at a topic that simply can’t be overlooked: the IoT (Internet of Things).

What’s Next: Prefab

Last week, I started a new blog series focused on uncovering what’s next for technology in construction. By know we all know that the result of the pandemic is going to have to be accelerating digital transformation. This series of blogs will help identify where to focus your energies in the months ahead.

What’s Next: Sustainability

Here’s some good news. Businesses are beginning to reopen. Companies are determining how to get back to work in new and different ways. The challenge is construction needs to adapt and change. The result is technologies to accelerate digital transformation are needed now more than ever before.

Mining Data

In today’s market conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe the argument can be made that data can be a tool to connect, inform, and monitor—something we need now more than ever before. With the right data in hand, enterprises can monitor device use, health, and location of assets.

A Vision for a Sustainable Future

At the onset of this year, we recognized that 2020 would be the decade of enterprise sustainability—and it seems even amid a pandemic that trend continues to hold strong.

Securing the Smart Home

Here at Constructech we have been saying the current market is an opportunity—if you choose to look at it this way. Let’s look at one example: the smart home market. Homebuilders have been working fast and furious for the past decade, as the market has been pick-up speed after the crash of 2009. But what if builders could instead work “smarter?” We all know connected devices have proliferated our personal life. We wear smart watches to track our movement and have voice assistants to help us find information.