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.
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.
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?
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.
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).
I am in the middle of a blog series on what needs to happen next to propel the construction industry forward, amid a pandemic and economic turmoil. Naturally, some of the first topics I tackled were heavily tech-focused such as the IoT (Internet of Things) or process-driven such as prefab. However, I think it is just as apropos that we talk about societal changes that need to happen, specifically around women in the workplace.
It’s time for digital transformation. Construction needs it now more than ever. To help, I am writing a series of blogs that will help identify where to focus your energies in the months ahead. Already we have gone through sustainability and prefab. Now, I think it is time to look at a topic that simply can’t be overlooked: the IoT (Internet of Things).
Last week, I started a new blog series focused on uncovering what’s next for technology in construction. By know we all know that the result of the pandemic is going to have to be accelerating digital transformation. This series of blogs will help identify where to focus your energies in the months ahead.
Here’s some good news. Businesses are beginning to reopen. Companies are determining how to get back to work in new and different ways. The challenge is construction needs to adapt and change. The result is technologies to accelerate digital transformation are needed now more than ever before.
In today’s market conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe the argument can be made that data can be a tool to connect, inform, and monitor—something we need now more than ever before. With the right data in hand, enterprises can monitor device use, health, and location of assets.