Let’s be clear about one thing, we do not yet know what the end result of the coronavirus will be. What we do know, however, is that when we panic we create mass confusion and misinformation.
When 2020 kicked off, I said there is one overarching directive that is common across every industry: sustainability. What better place to start than with mobile technology? The GSMA and Carbon Trust calculated that the use of mobile technology enabled a global reduction in emissions of around 2,135 million tonnes CO2 in 2018.
Distracted Driving Awareness Month is coming up soon—and once again I am pondering how safe are our roads, and no surprise here, our roads aren’t that safe and that means we have to worry about the safety of our jobsites.
Here’s an interesting concept. We are always talking about how we need to be diligent about educating our employees about cybersecurity best practices and technology, but we need to take that a step further and also be innovative when it comes to our processes, policies, and mandates.
Urbanization is changing the way we live, work and play. With more people flocking from rural to urban areas, this is shifting how construction companies build infrastructure.
I have been writing about the IoT (Internet of Things) before we even called it the IoT. In the past few years, traction has steadily picked up in the construction industry and it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon. One area the IoT has made its mark is with tools.
The truck has been the backbone of construction since the Model T days. Mobility, durability, and reliability are the keys to the vehicle’s value and, as the fleet of vehicles grows in number and age, methods of managing those units becomes more important. Fleet management has taken on new meaning as technology such as telematics and GPS replace driver’s logbook for data collection. Some companies are at the leading edge of developing methods to use these technologies, and adoption is gaining worldwide.
All the buzzwords are there, like a science fiction novel, but this isn’t fiction; it’s the future of construction. In fact, it’s The Future of Construction, Global 2030, a report from Frost & Sullivan. According to its analysts, the construction industry is in the middle of a move toward new business models that are technology-driven and data-driven, provide better collaboration between stakeholders, and result in higher productivity. The aging workforce and digitization will require greater investments in workforce management and digital solutions.
According to the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Admin.), falls are the leading cause of fatalities in the private sector construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have a properly fitting safety harness. So far, so good. But throughout the decades, construction has attracted more and more women into what was once a strictly male occupation. Unfortunately, while safety is a top concern of contractors, not all have the equipment they need to best protect women in construction.
It seems every organization is making predictions for 2020. Even I have tossed in my own this year and recommended that the construction industry needs to Think Big.