I have had IoT (Internet of Things) on my mind a lot lately. Earlier this year, you might remember I penned a blog about my key takeaways from IBS (Intl. Builders Show). Here I contend that many people were talking about the IoT and AI (artificial intelligence), but few it seemed grasped how it would impact the industry in 2018 and beyond.
I recently came across research that suggestions fear of automation could be affecting worker’s health, and quite frankly I was surprised by the findings.
Now, more than ever, construction needs to develop its workforce. As we have been reporting about here at Constructech all year, the labor shortage is impacting nearly every company across the country—but there are two key pieces to the puzzle that might be able to help.
Later this year Constructech Magazine will be celebrating its 20th year of being in business. As a small media company, we have competed and still compete against the largest publishing firms in the world. Many firms have always considered us larger than we are. That’s because as the founder I have focused more of my attention on being the best at educating our readers on technology rather than building a war chest.
Back in 2013 I penned a feature about the M&As (mergers and acquisitions) that were coming fast and furious in construction—and the ultimate impact on the industry.
The amount of construction work on prefabricated buildings—also known as modular or off-site construction—has almost tripled between 2010 and 2016. Further, contractors want to double their labor investments in prefabrication in the next five years, according to FMI Corp. We are looking at a big boom that is coming, but are we really ready?
As many of our readers already know, here at Constructech we have dubbed 2018 the year of the construction worker. This trend was front and center in the recent Spring issue of Constructech magazine and is the impetus for the first Skillset Academy, which will take place on April 16 at Iowa State University.
We have been talking about the jobsite getting connected for years, but only recently are we really starting to see a great surge in protective gear, sensors, RFID (radio-frequency identification), drones, and other asset-tracking devices.
I have been thinking a lot lately about how data moves through the construction lifecycle of a project—from design, to construction, and ultimately maintenance and management of a facility.
If you have been following the research reports lately, you know that many of the analyst firms are anticipating significant growth in the BIM (building information modeling) market. And investors are taking notice.