Too often when we talk about infrastructure, we do it with a lens that is looking backward. We identify the failures that have happened in the past. We reminisce about what should of or could have been done—and that conversation is important. But I think we need to spend more time talking about what is coming—like, what is really coming in the future.
Back in 2015, we at Constructech recognized the emergence of a new trend that has only exploded since that time: investors were eyeing that construction technology was an industry to fund. At the time, we identified that investors were interested in the construction-technology market because the construction industry is attractive—it’s large and it had been growing faster than the GDP. That trend is still apparent today, and it is changing the shape of the construction-technology market.
Recently, Peggy Smedley and I had the opportunity to attend the Topcon Roadshow Media event in Carol Stream, Ill.—and there were a few key takeaways that demonstrate how technology is reshaping the construction industry.
Technology is disruptive on many fronts—at the jobsite and in the office. While there is a big focus on how equipment, tools, and systems are advancing in the field, there is also a significant shift happening in the office that will impact both how the construction industry works and builds.
The past few weeks have been busy here at Specialty Publishing offices. We are getting ready to honor the 2018 Women in Construction and the 2018 Constructech Vision Awards winners, as well as gearing up for our 2018 Technology Day event, which will take place on Thursday in Arlington Heights, Ill.
As the saying goes, the customer is king. But do you know what it is your customer—the owner—wants on projects today, specifically as it relates to the use of technology? If you don’t, you may want to spend some time finding out the answer because it might surprise you.
The number of businesses, in construction and otherwise, that are being impacted by a cyber breach are growing by the day—almost, in fact, as quickly as the number of devices on the job. It’s time we address how to deal with it.
Peggy talks with author of The Leader Habit and CEO of Pinsight, Martin Lanik, who says he chose the word habit because most of our daily behavior is influenced by habit. He asks: What if leadership was a habit and how can you develop positive habits as a leader?
Here at Constructech we have been following all the news surrounding Hyperloop very closely. The concept is great: a transit system that can carry both people and cargo safety at speeds up to 700-miles-per-hour, all while being more energy efficient, sustainable, and convenient.
Peggy chats with Kristina Swallow, president, American Society of Civil Engineers, about our nation’s infrastructure and its grade of a D+. Swallow explains that the ASCE sees three solutions that can help solve this: investment, leadership, and planning for the future.