It was all about data, and a little bit about safety, at last week’s HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s global digital solutions conference. Let’s me share a few examples with you to give you a glimpse into how it envisions automating data processing in construction.
We need to have a real conversation about how society perceives AI (artificial intelligence). Quite frankly, I think many people see it as this technology that is going to come in and take over our work and our play. It is going to fundamentally change, well, everything. Thank you very much Steven Spielberg and Haley Joel Osment for painting a very vivid picture that is hard to ignore. However, we need to have a real conversation about the true impact that it is going to have on our work.
Here at Constructech we have been talking about the impact of emerging technologies for quite some time. Things like AI (artificial intelligence), ML (machine learning), big data, and blockchain are changing the way the construction industry does business.
Quite candidly, something we don’t talk about enough in the construction industry—or any industry for that matter—is how to combat distracted driving. So many people are primarily concerned about what our teens are doing, but the fact of the matter is this epidemic is spreading fast and furious across all areas, and it is something construction companies need to be aware of among drivers and develop strategies to combat. (Although our own Peggy Smedley makes an effort every April to tackle the crises on her podcast in the hopes of raising greatest awareness).
I recently came across an interesting report that less than half of construction finance data is centralized—and quite honestly, it doesn’t surprise me. However, what is promising is the amount of individuals that recognize the potential impact of AI (artificial intelligence) and automation.
Technology continues to advance for the construction industry—particularly on the jobsite. We are seeing more drones in the sky and more automated equipment on the ground. Key to project success is keeping an eye on the project—which includes everything from workers, to equipment, and beyond.
Perhaps one of the most difficult questions to answer is this: What are the best software, hardware, tool, and equipment companies that serve the construction industry? Constructech has been answering this question since 2009 with its annual Constructech 50—and since that time only six stalwarts have remained on the list.
The construction industry is on the precipice of imploding on itself, quite candidly—and something needs to change. Every company across the country is feeling the squeeze of the labor shortage. We keep talking about how we need to entice younger workers to the business and how we need to leverage technology to fill in the gaps—and that is certainly all true. But there is a key component that is missing that needs to happen if the industry is truly going to evolve: a cultural revolution in leadership.
Every year, we watch analyst predictions closely to determine trends currently in the market—and those that are gaining momentum for the future. It is pretty safe to say we are firming entrenched in the era of the cloud.
IBS (Intl. Builders Show) 2019 was a bevy of new announcements. Certainly, the new innovation solutions stole many of the headlines (think, devices that monitor and alert you to water leaks in your home) and for good reason. But some of the biggest technology announcements will be felt at homebuilding companies across North America.