From the skies, to the roads, to the jobsite, a construction fleet should be designed to keep workers safe. With new, advancing technologies, anything that moves on a construction project can be equipped with systems to ensure greater safety.
A culture shift has been happening for more than 30 years—one that has driven more young adults to college and away from the trades. This has led to a significant shortage of workers in the construction industry.
The situation last week in Lynchburg, Va., was one no one wanted to read or write about, let alone live through, but it seems Mother Nature has little regard for human comfort and, at times, even human life. Heavy rainfall in Lynchburg put infrastructure back on everyone’s minds, as the potential collapse of the College Lake Dam weighed heavy on the minds of Virginians and Americans everywhere for several days.
Drones, wearables, and bricklaying robots: These are just a few of the new, cutting-edge technologies that are being touted for the construction jobsite. Today, analysts are pointing to pretty significant growth in all of these areas.
Buildings are getting smarter. Today, materials have embedded technology that enable them to make decisions about how the building should operate more efficiently. Additionally, IoT (Internet of Things) platform allows a building manager to make decisions related to a building’s performance based on realtime data and insights. All of this is coming together to help create smarter buildings.
Green building is growing in popularity for many architects, designers, and construction professionals. Certifications and standards can help teams build more sustainable construction projects.
Lack of interoperability among construction companies is one of the biggest hurdles to adopting technology. Lately, technology providers have been coming together in an effort to streamline project workflows for contractors.
Today, there is a rising awareness of the need for greater road safety and to improve existing transportation performance. A combination of more vehicles on the road, high traffic congestion, and greater urbanization are all leading to the implementation of ITS (intelligent transportation systems).
The worker shortage is impacting how the construction industry rebuilds following natural disasters—but perhaps technology can step in and help after hurricanes, tornadoes, or other similar events.