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.
Energy efficiency provides a number of benefits in construction and facilities management. With a combination of technology and effective design elements, energy-efficient projects can end up saving a corporate owner millions throughout the lifecycle of a facility.
Data is king in today’s connected world. In the enterprise realm, gathering data from machines helps businesses gain insight into key systems and processes that can lead decisonmakers to the Holy Grail of operations: maximum efficiency. At the same time, the ability to gather data on individuals also helps businesses gain insight into their current and potential customer base. In both contexts, malicious players are on the prowl, looking for ways to exploit the data businesses gather from devices, people, and machines. Device security and data privacy, therefore, has never been more important than it is right now.
When natural disasters strike, lives and livelihoods, businesses, and property are at risk. For businesses and organizations that rely on data centers, these events can mean costly interruptions in operations unless proper steps are taken to protect centers from the effects of storms and other natural disasters. Studies show that taking steps to prepare for disasters in advance is well worth the effort. In January, the NIBS (National Institute of Building Sciences) released the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report, which showed that for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, the nation could potentially save an average of $6 in future disaster costs.
Critical infrastructure—a term first coined back in the 1990s—encompasses certain national infrastructure that are so vital that their destruction would have a debilitating impact on defense and economic security. What was included back then is a bit different than how the Dept. of Homeland Security defines critical infrastructure today.
The notion of a connected jobsite has been espoused for years, as workers can track tools, assets, equipment, materials, and more using IoT (Internet of Things) technologies. The challenge in the past is tools and other tracking systems often operate on separate, independent platforms, making it difficult to track everything in one central location.
The road to rebuilding America’s Infrastructure is a long and winding one. Current President Donald Trump has emphasized the need to fix the nation’s infrastructure. Yet, the World Economic Forum ranks the United States 10th internationally in terms of quality of overall infrastructure.
Hospital construction projects have been growing in recent years, as many new, large-scale hospitals have been built. FMI suggests growth will continue in healthcare construction, as it is up 6%, or $42 billion, in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017.
From hurricanes in the South to fires in the West, natural disasters have been wreaking havoc on this country, and much needs to be rebuilt. In many cases, rebuilding stronger, safer homes and buildings starts with the codes themselves.
Perhaps one of the best ways to learn is by looking at other examples. Such is the case with technology implementation in the construction industry. Three new case studies—with one big overarching trend—point at how construction companies are implementing solutions to improve operational efficiency.