Laura Black

Laura Black 2017-07-06T14:48:27+00:00

Prefab Construction: A Closer Look

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?

By | 3/15/2018|

From Design through the Lifecycle

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.

By | 3/6/2018|

Big Bucks for BIM

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.

By | 2/26/2018|

Trades Need IoT for Asset Maintenance

One of the big growing trends in the construction industry today is that corporate owners want to outsource asset maintenance to the specialty companies that construct, fabricate, and install the asset. With the influx of IoT (Internet of Things) technologies, the opportunity for trades is very real. Or is it?

By | 2/20/2018|

My Top Takeaways from IBS 2018

I spent two days at IBS (Intl. Builders Show) walking the show floor, meeting with tech experts, and writing about homebuilders that are doing something innovative with new technologies. The buzz phrases were very much the IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (artificial intelligence), although I am not sure the industry as a whole truly understands how this will impact the residential market in 2018 and beyond.

By | 1/16/2018|