Here at Constructech, we have been watching the skilled labor shortage very closely, as the percentage of companies experiencing the shortage continues to rise and an influx of new programs develop.
What will be the most disruptive technology in the construction industry in 2019 and beyond? Is it drones, robotics, AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, or something else entirely? Here at Constructech, we are watching trends closely to help you determine which technology will be most impactful to construction businesses in the months ahead.
Gone are the days when U.S. high schools emphasized skilled trades and prioritized vocational training. For better or for worse, the systemic mindset shift favoring a four-year degree in an academic discipline is now the status quo, and now, as a generation of workers nears retirement, the construction industry is suffering because of it. However, some schools are making efforts to bring career technical education back to their classrooms.
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.
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.