This past week was truly a special honor for me receiving the ASCE Excellence in Journalism Award. When the American Society of Civil Engineers bestowed so much such praise on me for my work in civil engineering, I was humbled for many reasons. While the Black-Tie OPAL (Outstanding Projects and Leaders) Gala was amazing, as my husband and three grown children were able to attend to share in the festivities, along with other friends and family, the message that resonated the most is that we all need to continue to look to our future; and that means our next generation of innovators.
Perhaps one of the most difficult questions to answer is this: What are the best software, hardware, tool, and equipment companies that serve the construction industry? Constructech has been answering this question since 2009 with its annual Constructech 50—and since that time only six stalwarts have remained on the list.
The construction industry is on the precipice of imploding on itself, quite candidly—and something needs to change. Every company across the country is feeling the squeeze of the labor shortage. We keep talking about how we need to entice younger workers to the business and how we need to leverage technology to fill in the gaps—and that is certainly all true. But there is a key component that is missing that needs to happen if the industry is truly going to evolve: a cultural revolution in leadership.
Every year, we watch analyst predictions closely to determine trends currently in the market—and those that are gaining momentum for the future. It is pretty safe to say we are firming entrenched in the era of the cloud.
IBS (Intl. Builders Show) 2019 was a bevy of new announcements. Certainly, the new innovation solutions stole many of the headlines (think, devices that monitor and alert you to water leaks in your home) and for good reason. But some of the biggest technology announcements will be felt at homebuilding companies across North America.
There is perhaps one thing that all construction companies have in common: the need to create a safer jobsite. Each company might achieve it in different ways, but safety is paramount on every project around the globe.
The construction industry is the fabric of our country. It has proven that it has a notably resilient ecosystem. We have seen this time and time again. But without the right investment how long can we expect our productivity to have a positive impact on both our workforce and our infrastructure? How can we even consider rebuilding and making the necessary reinvestment in our roads, bridges, and waterways?
Last week was a bevy of new announcements for the world of concrete—everything from materials, to software, to equipment took center stage. Perhaps one of the biggest themes of the week centered around the topic of productivity.
Today marks the start of World of Concrete in Las Vegas, and I think we will see and hear big announcements from technology providers, equipment manufacturers, materials companies, and more. In fact, some companies are already making announcements to make note of.