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.

Let’s Be Honest about BIM

Many of the analyst and research companies are jumping on the BIM (building information modeling) bandwagon, releasing reports that are forecasting the growth of the market. I have had an opportunity to scan many of these reports, and it seems there is one key point missing from most that needs to be addressed.

By | 2017-05-22T21:49:24+00:00 5/23/2017|

Why Aren’t Young People Entering Construction?

This is something I have had on my mind lately. The construction worker pool is shrinking—this is something we talk about at Constructech quite often. Baby boomers are getting ready to retire, and millennials just aren’t entering the construction workforce at the pace that is needed. But why?

By | 2017-05-16T13:10:51+00:00 5/16/2017|

Facilities Management: What You Need to Know

Let’s talk facilities management in this blog. Here at Constructech, we have been hearing about the potential for smarter buildings and infrastructure for years. Smart cities programs are popping up all over the world—from Charlotte to San Francisco. But there are still a number of hurdles that need to be addressed.

By | 2017-05-04T13:33:37+00:00 5/9/2017|

Construction Materials Get Connected

Here at Constructech, we write all about technology. This includes software in the office, apps and hardware at the jobsite, and everything in between. We often say we don’t write about drywall or siding—or do we? With the advent of the IoT (Internet of Things), connectivity, and the ability to embed the “smarts” right into materials, the lines are beginning to blur a bit.

By | 2017-05-02T15:54:13+00:00 5/2/2017|

Earth Day: Three Items You Should Know

Well, April 22 was Earth Day, which means my inbox was flooded with news about how the construction industry can take steps to help save the environment. In honor of this day this past weekend, I wanted to give a quick roundup of the top three items I saw that demonstrate how the industry is really innovating in this area.

By | 2017-04-24T16:14:25+00:00 4/25/2017|

Women in the Construction Workforce

The construction industry is a trillion dollar business, and yet the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that only 8.9% of this industry is women. Something needs to change.

By | 2017-04-17T14:53:22+00:00 4/18/2017|

A Call to Action for Construction Technology

The construction industry is at a tipping point, of sorts. Many of the traditional technology providers still have viable products and hold a significant amount of the marketshare, but Silicon Valley is producing a lot of unique, innovative tools for the industry. The challenge is getting the two to talk.

By | 2017-04-05T14:31:57+00:00 4/11/2017|

Managing Green Certifications

A few years back, I wrote a cover story in Constructech magazine [May/June 2012, Sustain the Project, p10] that identified how to go green at each phase of a job. The article addressed a number of areas such as design and the lifecycle, but a big part of the article narrowed in on using technology to manage green certifications.

By | 2017-04-03T14:32:38+00:00 4/4/2017|

Building Automation Moves Forward

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.

By | 2017-03-14T21:58:03+00:00 3/28/2017|

Mobile Apps, VR: What’s Next?

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.

By | 2017-03-14T21:31:55+00:00 3/21/2017|