Construction professionals recognize the skilled labor shortage is causing a ripple effect that is impacting every single business across the country. The good news; however, is that technology can help in a big way, especially if implemented at the right time within the right company.
Peggy Smedley, editorial director of Constructech magazine, sits down with Austin Conti, CEO and founder, Tenna, www.tenna.com, Edison, N.J., to discuss asset management in construction. They dive into the needs, pain points, and technology solutions that are available for the construction industry today.
To read the full interview, view the digital issue available at constructech.com
To some readers, it may come as a surprise to hear that the architect’s BIM (building information model) cannot be used for construction. Like the architect’s hand drawings and CAD (computer-aided design) files that preceded modeling, the opinion that the architect creates documents directly for use by the contractor is not true.
Big data is boosting the construction industry in many ways. Besides digitized records and plans, today’s computers and machinery—which includes cranes, backhoes, and bulldozers—spit out data from sensors, making for big data backlogs. How do construction companies make sense of this data overload and use it to their advantage?
It was early in my career, and I had just been assigned to do some systems design and programming for a system known at that time as VTC (vehicular traffic control). For the life of me, I couldn’t imagine why we were developing what I initially envisioned as a traffic light control system.
By 2050, around 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities, according to the United Nations, www.un.org, and urbanization isn’t the only shift on the horizon for the world’s cities. The IoT (Internet of Things) is increasingly allowing cities to offer the kind of high-quality lifestyle and vibrant economic climate that attracts the right residents, businesses, and visitors alike.
It Takes a Village
The phrase often refers to raising a child, but is so apropos in the construction industry today. It takes a village of architects, engineers, subs, GCs (general contractors), and owners to construct homes, buildings, cities, and infrastructure.
Now that these structures are becoming smarter, every single participant within the project needs to work together in tandem to ensure success. I realize that is easy for me to type, but much more challenging to put into practice in construction.
Today there is a skilled labor shortage in the construction industry that is impacting nearly every business.
Looking at the preliminary November numbers, the industry employed 6.9 million workers, up by 184,000 throughout the past year, but it is still 568,000 below its peak in 2007, according to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), www.bls.gov, Washington, D.C.
Connected trucks and equipment are here. With today’s latest-model pick-up trucks and heavy equipment, an operator can monitor systems from his cab. These vehicles can provide new safety and connectivity features; and some are beginning to drive autonomously on the jobsite.
What are your core goals for 2018? Do you want to focus on improving cybersecurity? Are you looking into emerging technologies and the IoT (Internet of Things)? How about net-zero energy or constructing smart workplaces? The amount of technologies available to the construction industry continues to grow, which means CIOs and IT directors need to narrow in on the systems that will help a company meet corporate objectives. Here is a sneak peek into some of the top trends for the months ahead, and insider tips about what IT professionals need to know in the coming year.