Innovations Showcase Winter 2018 - A guide of technology products that are unique in the construction market.
Eyeing Prefab for Construction - Aconfluence of unprecedented global trends are upending long-held building practices, boosting prefabricated construction’s growth and value. Indeed, the global prefabricated construction market is forecast to expand at a rate of between 6-7% until 2020, according to technology research firm Technavio, www.technavio.com, London, England. Further, the market value is expected to reach $110 million by 2020, a 39% jump from the data from 2015.
What’s the Vision for Success? - One of the common threads between the 2018 Constructech Vision Awards winners is that each faced a challenge that was met with a technology solution and a quantifiable ROI (return on investment). As Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
A Strategy for Jobsite Safety - Technology can help keep workers safer on the job Technology aimed at keeping workers safe seeps through nearly every aspect of today’s construction sites, from fatigue-tracking vehicles to downloadable work orders, to lighter, stronger, and more fashionable workwear.
When the Dead Come Back to Life - When I was a kid, the legend of Chrysler’s “Hemi” engine was intriguing to me. The Hemis of 1950s grew into the racing legends of the next two decades, and seemed to fade into obscurity for a while, seemingly eclipsed by newer technology, only to re-emerge in the early 2000s and still in widespread use today. The newer generation of Hemis had the same basic elements but had several technology improvements that repositioned these venerable power plants for the modern day. When they disappeared from Chrysler’s marketing after the 70s, many loyal fans were disappointed, and the marketplace chatter had the Hemi down for the count.
Mediated Communications in Construction Projects - No matter how much technology we add to help augment the management and control of our projects, they are still run by people. People who work for different companies, people who have competing interests and agendas, people who are working to bring a project to completion, with the constraint of schedule and budget.
Mobile Tech Advances Digital for Heavy Civil Construction - Heavy civil projects are getting larger and more complex resulting in 50% of projects failing to meet budget and schedule. These projects also have unique challenges related to their spatial and linear nature.
Shortage: Three Innovations to Mitigate the Impact - A challenge that all ready mix producers are facing is a shortage of qualified truck drivers. The U.S. National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn.’s, www.nrmca.org, Silver Spring, Md., 2017 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey reported that respondents overwhelmingly noted their biggest hiring challenge was finding drivers with ready mix concrete experience. Ready mix producers are having to turn down business, and the shortage is forecasted to continue for another decade.
Unshackling Field Productivity with IoT and Edge Computing - If you’ve been struggling to improve productivity in your construction firm, you’re not alone. We’ve all heard ad nauseum how productivity growth in construction lags far behind that of manufacturing. Meanwhile, FMI Corp., www.fminet.com, Raleigh, N.C., projects continued market expansion in the U.S., and the AGC, www.agc.org, Arlington, Va., reports that 80% of firms cannot find enough skilled workers.
How the IoT Drives Productivity in Construction - IoT (Internet of Things) is connective technology that links physical things, such as a power tool, a compressor, or a safety harness, with digital information and processes.