Firsts & Seconds
Wearables, mobile, AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), BIM (building information modeling): Which will disrupt your construction business in the year ahead?
The Construction Report
Times are changing for construction. As with any homebuilder, a new paradigm has emerged, as a younger generation makes its way onto the jobsite.
There it was, right in front of me on my smartphone. As I sat in the neighborhood restaurant looking for their Wi-Fi hotspot, the last thing I expected to see was an open connection to the restaurant’s thermostat.
Much has changed, and yet also much has stayed the same in the last 20 years. In 1998, when Constructech magazine first launched, the coverlines read, “Building Better Communication via the Internet,” “Bringing Computer Technology to the Jobsite,” and “Y2K: Ready or Not.”
If a working man is only as good as his tools, perhaps the most important tool of all is the one that lugs all the other tools around—the truck. However, in today’s connected world, a pickup truck is more than just a way to transport people, tools, and materials to and from a jobsite. The modern truck can serve as a mobile office for construction workers and jobsite managers who are almost always on the go, conducting crucial business away from the office.
Developers and production homebuilders have seen boom and bust throughout the past decade. Now, the scene is growing more stable and housing starts are increasing.
Table of Contents
Firsts and Seconds New Year, New Technology The Construction Report What’s New in the World of Construction Technology Take-Offs A New Age for Construction Guest Column Are you Building an Elephant in our Living Room? Technology 20 Years in the Making Look at Trends from the Past to Plan for the Future. Connected Truck of the Year One Truck is a Working Man’s Ultimate Tool. Smart Strategies Builders are Putting New Processes in Place. Find the Right Tools Honoring Products that are Helping Homebuilders. Constructech (ISSN 1522-3302) is published 6 times annually, including 4 Commercial editions, and 2 digital only Residential editions. To subscribe visit constructech.com/Subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +1 630.933.0844. © Copyright 2017 by Specialty Publishing Company. Constructech is a trademark of Specialty Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Reproduction of materials appearing in Constructech is strictly prohibited without written permission.
For residential homebuilders, a number of factors are impacting business. The economic conditions continue to change, a new president will soon enter office, and businesses are lean. But perhaps one of the biggest factors impacting the construction industry is the evolution of technology.