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.

The Era of Smart in Construction

Are you ready for the era of smart in the construction industry? Ready or not. It is coming, as the IoT (Internet of Things) is poised to help in connecting various smart devices together. This can include everything from sensors, to wearables, and so much more. The increasing need for data analysis and integration of analytics will push this forward in a number of industries, including construction.

Exoskeletons: Safety and a Rising Generation of Workers

Amid a pandemic, construction companies are determining how to make jobsites a little bit safer, partly in an effort to attract a more diverse range of workers—and tech companies, manufacturers, and tool companies are coming to market with some interesting solutions.

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 Can Construction Expect in Cities?

The construction of buildings and cities needs to evolve—taking into consideration density and social distancing. Contractors will be tasked with making all these changes—quickly. In fact, I see a boom coming in order to make all these much-needed changes come to fruition.

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?

Riding the Digital Rails

As we know, population growth, rapid urbanization, and the move to being carbon neutral are driving the advancement of rail and transit. Still, the construction industry has tight budgets, short project deadlines, and a labor shortage. The answer to all of this lies in our digital solutions.

What’s Next: Labor

Labor: we need to have a quick conversation about this. If you have been following this blog series, I have been writing about what needs to happen next for the construction industry, focusing on topics such as prefab, sustainability, women in the workforce, the IoT (Internet of Things), and other topics. Naturally, when I was considering topics to research, labor was at the top of the list.

Email: Is It Safe?

There are a number of file-sharing systems on the market, and yet, the majority of people still turn to email to share their files. But is it safe?

One new report says, not so much.Research from NordLocker shows people mostly use email to share their files, with 58% of people using it in the United States and 56% in the United Kingdom. Other common ways people share files are cloud services, messaging apps, and external drives.

What’s Next: AI

In the past several weeks I have penned a blog series on what needs to happen next for construction. I have dug into process-driven topics such as prefab and much-needed society-driven changes required as it relates to sustainability and women in the workforce. I have even tackled tech-focused areas such as the IoT (Internet of Things). Let’s continue along that path today, and get a bit more granular about what needs to happen next, specifically with regards to technology. Let’s talk AI (artificial intelligence).