Most of those working in technology in the construction industry recognize a big trend that has taken place in the past several years: the technology giants are getting bigger, mostly driven by M&A (merger and acquisition) activity.
The integration of the IoT (Internet of Things) on construction jobsites is helping construction companies save costs on lost and stolen equipment. Technology proves to be a solution to find expensive equipment that is not registered under a database.
Intelligent building solutions are beginning to pique the interest of building owners, as smart buildings become more connected and interactive. However, this could act as a gateway to business data that owners and operators would rather keep private—as such, cybersecurity often enters into the discussion. To avoid being vulnerable to such breaches, owners and operators are looking to invest in cybersecurity, and their investments could help define the future and trajectory of intelligent building security solutions.
The construction industry is booming—particularly heavy/highway projects. At the same time, construction is facing a skilled labor shortage that is requiring projects to be managed more effectively. There are many ways to improve this efficiency through leveraging new technology—including these three ways to enhance operations using project-management software, estimating technology, and more.
Perhaps one of the bigger trends for residential construction that is beginning to generate more interest lately is prefab construction. This form of construction initially emerged in the mid-1900s, with the U.K., France, and Russia being some of the first to jump into a large-scale system. Still, while many manufacturing sectors have moved from industry 3.0 to industry 4.0, construction is only starting to make the transition.
Despite the split U.S. Congress, infrastructure historically is one of those issues that gets bi-partisan support. With that in mind, our elected officials are going to have to find ways to work together to accomplish key goals that benefit the American people and that just might mean getting buy-in from both sides of the political aisle—Democrats and Republicans—because an investment in the nation’s infrastructure often equates to an investment in its future economic success. President Trump has made some big promises, but the Federal Government’s next move in infrastructure investment remains to be seen.
The homebuilding, buying, and selling process is changing—all with the advent of new technologies for the construction industry.
Step aside BIM (building information modeling). Robotics might just be the next big technology advancement for residential homebuilders.
Drones represent a huge opportunity in the construction industry today—and in the future. Goldman Sachs, for instance, predicts a $100 billion market opportunity for drones by 2020. Naturally, consumer and military are big opportunities, but it actually predicts that the fastest growth will happen in businesses and civil governments, with an expectation that they will spend $13 billion on drones between now and 2020.