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.
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.
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?
I feel like I have been writing about this a lot—but that is because there is a lot happening. In the month of February, the construction-software space saw three new acquisitions in the first two days of the month.
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.
For those of you who read my blog last week, you know that I suggested that technology can help in myriad ways including helping to solve the construction labor crisis. This week I want to explore this a bit further, diving a bit into a study I came across at the end of last year.