It is that time of year again. Analysts are making predictions about the biggest disruptive technologies in the New Year, while technology companies, manufacturers, and tool companies are holding their annual year-end press briefing, highlighting what is to come in the New Year.
Here at Constructech we recognize that a big challenge facing the construction industry today is the lack of interoperability between vendor systems. Too often construction companies are still manually importing and exporting data and relying on Excel spreadsheets.
My concerns about the skilled workforce are pragmatic as well as principled. And here’s why. In the construction industry, we have an incredible obligation to build a road from the classroom to the workplace so the necessary skillfulness is taught to the next generation.
I recently had the opportunity to attend Caterpillar’s year-end press briefing, and one of the biggest takeaways is that the company is offering more options that is leading to greater productivity and fuel efficiency, all in an effort to help contractors solve worksite challenges. There are three big takeaways that I think every construction professional needs to consider if they are running any type of equipment on the jobsite.
We have been saying for years that our homes and buildings are becoming connected—way back when the term used to describe this was AHT (automated home technology). Today, the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), and machine learning are set to change the way buildings communicate—and thus are built.
Every construction company—small or large, residential or commercial—has something in common: a focus on ensuring the safety of workers.
Two big trends that continue to soar in the construction industry are M&A (merger and acquisition) activity and funding from investors—both topics we have written about quite a bit here at Constructech in recent years, but now it seems the activity is happening at a faster pace than ever before, and it could be good news for the construction industry.
As another example, sensors are becoming more precise. This was perhaps one of the biggest trends at Sensors Midwest. TT Electronics released its PHS family of rotary position sensors that provide precision sensing in harsh environments and critical applications where repair costs would be high in the case of failure.