Many of you following my blogs in the past few weeks know I am doing a series on what technology is hot, and what technology is not. The first focused on 3D printing, while the second addresses mobility including apps, VR (virtual reality), and AR (augmented reality). The objective is to help you with technology buying decisions in the year ahead. Today’s focus is automation in buildings.
Last week, I kicked of a series of blogs where I looked into some of the latest technology to help determine ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not.’ Too often, it is challenging to watch the technology curve and identify what is coming next, but this is critical to determine where to spend IT dollars.
Last week, Peggy Smedley and I spent the week at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, and there were a lot of new emerging technologies for the jobsite in the Tech Experience—and it has me thinking: What new technologies are really disrupting the industry today, and what technologies are, well, not.
We have been talking about the future of robotics for years. For construction, robots represent the future of the workforce. They can perform repetitive tasks, taking much of the strain off the workforce. And we see the market growing, especially considering a number of moves being made in the tech community that will specifically impact the construction market.
I have been a journalist for the better part of a decade, and I have seen so many technological changes that requires constant innovation. I am sure you see the same thing happening in your construction offices and on the jobsite.
“To have a great idea, have a lot of them.” These words from Thomas Edison are apropos today, as the construction industry is ramping up with the help of technology. However, as most construction businesses know, having technology is just the beginning. Companies must also have creativity, imagination, and innovation to drive forward a new way of thinking.
“The role of the CEO is to enable people to excel, help them discover their own wisdom, engage themselves entirely in their work, and accept responsibility for making change.” These words come from Vineet Nayar, author of Employees First, Customers Second: Turning Conventional Management Upside Down, and are apropos, considering many of the management changes the construction-technology space has seen in just the past week alone.
The construction industry has entered the era of the connected enterprise, when businesses are leveraging data at a faster pace than ever before. As this digital transformation occurs, there are a number of factors contractors need to keep in mind in order to connect and analyze operational systems and data.
Every year at about this time I like to take a look at the predictions and trends that are forecasted for technology in the year ahead. I typically dig into the trends emerging in hardware, software, and IT services to identify market challenges and opportunities, in hopes of getting a glimpse into what is to come for the construction industry. What I have discovered is worldwide IT spending looks to show little growth—with the exception of a few key categories.
This is the third, and final installment in a three-part series that looks at how data is the key to unlocking greater productivity, ultimately improving the bottomline. In the first two blogs, I looked at how this new age of information is transforming the office and the jobsite. In this blog, I will look at how that data can then be used throughout the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure—as this is where the rubber meets the road for long-term profitability.