One of the most poignant statements to come out of this year’s Constructech Technology Day addressed a major change to ERP (enterprise resource planning) in construction.
Some industries take a considerable amount of time to figure out how to integrate new technologies, especially those like construction that have many constraints around operations due to the scale, cost, and legality of projects. Construction is a highly regulated industry, and a project’s takedown and buildup processes must conform to a range of codes and environmental constraints.
Now is the time to implement new technologies. As the construction technology landscape continues to evolve, with the increase of connected technologies, the move to the cloud, greater dependence on BIM (building information modeling), and a number of other factors, contractors are seeking out new solutions that can help get the job done.
This issue marks the 17th annual Constructech Vision Awards winners, and I am pleased to say this group of winners is as innovative as the last. Each year, this issue gives us a special opportunity to honor you—our readers—with an award that demonstrates how technology can be leveraged to improve business and the bottomline. I encourage you to turn to page 8 to read the stories of general contractors, owners, and specialty contractors that are implementing technology to solve critical business challenges. You might just get the next big idea for your next technology implementation.
While wearables have been on the market for some time now, Forrester, forrester.com, Cambridge, Mass., has reported that the adoption of wearables is set to reach 29% in 2021, with many buyers seeking devices to monitor health or wellness. For the construction industry, many wearables such as Microsoft, www.microsoft.com, Redmond, Wash., HoloLens and DAQRI, www.daqri.com, Los Angeles, Calif., Smart Helmet are still in the early stages of adoption. However, according to Forrester, wearables will reach critical-mass adoption in 2021. Still, only 11% of businesses currently have a wearables strategy, while 34% of businesses do not have a wearables strategy today and do not plan on implementing one in the future. Where does your construction company stand with the rise of wearable devices?
Many years ago, I had the opportunity to be part of the first Constructech Vision Award, a respected annual event that has grown year after year. It is unique in its perspective on technological advances and applications in construction technology.
As an owner I wouldn’t think that construction-project scheduling would be difficult. If your project was design-bid-build, it seems pretty straight forward; the design team creates construction documents, which delineate our building requirements to our specified budget and timeline.
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In a new era of information where technology has proven to be a necessary weapon, learn what companies are hitting the nail on the head in … These are the words that appeared on the cover of the Nov/Dec 2000 issue of Constructech. While it was Vol. 3, No. 8 of the magazine, it was the first issue that featured the Constructech Vision Awards winners, and the words that were so apropos back then, still ring true even today.