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.
After attending CONEXPO/CON-AGG last week I couldn’t help but be more focused than ever on rebuilding our infrastructure. It was apparent that with like-mined people anything is really possible. The many manufacturers, and of course, the thousands of contractors I have spoken with over time, have emphasized the need, and their desire, to improve our roads and bridges. Even Patrick Jones, the executive director and CEO of the IBTTA (Intl. Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Assn.) saluted the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) when he acknowledged their continued efforts to sound the alarm about the fragile state of America’s infrastructure.
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.
The early days of construction was paved by opportunities. Building of roads, bridges, highways, and skyscrapers were all constructed by equipment that was dependent on gasoline motors, which replaced steam engines. Looking back today, it all seemed so archaic compared to the advanced computing technology that we began writing about just 20 years ago when we launched Constructech magazine.
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.
All too often we talk about what the big tech providers are doing and how they are going to change our lives. But the real question comes down to: how are these tech moves going to impact our business? Well, we are actually getting a real glimpse into what many of the large technology providers are looking to do by simply taking a closer look at their patents. It’s really very telling to keep a close on the patent market.
“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.