Construction has come a long way in accepting the challenges and the opportunities the IoT (Internet of Things) brings and the stats tell an interesting story. Dodge Data & Analytics’, www.construction.com, latest Dodge outlook report predicts moderate, but favorable, growth for the construction industry in 2017 across most project types. Specifically, the report predicts total U.S. construction starts will advance 5% to $713 billion in 2017.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Every time I write about the U.S. infrastructure I can’t help but wonder what it will take before we all respond as a nation. State after state is dealing with some infrastructure issues that in some way or another are causing giant pains, keeping city officials and residents fearful that something awful is inevitably going to happen. We need everyone to be thinking about how we are going to solve these problems. People are dreading a heavy rain that might result in a collapsing bridge, crumbling road, a giant sink hole, or an eroding spillway.
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.
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.
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.
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.