Of all the infrastructure grades from the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), rail has received the highest grade of a B on the most recent report card. The transportation system has been critical for the U.S. in years past—and will continue to have new needs in the years ahead.
The IIoT (industrial IoT) is often referred to in conjunction with manufacturing and automated factories—so how might this impact the construction industry in the months ahead? With a rise in pre-fab manufacturing and the move toward off-site production methods, the construction industry stands to benefit from the rise in the IIoT, as much as any other vertical market.
Last week’s bauma Media Dialog was a good introduction into what is coming to the show in April—and this is just the beginning. A bevy of announcements demonstrate how equipment and technology are evolving, leading to a smarter, safer, and more productive jobsite.
The digital era, characterized by automation and advances in robotics, machine learning, and AI (artificial intelligence) has transformed the relationship between humans and machines. And while this has allowed construction businesses to automate and, often, get work done more quickly and efficiently, it has also given rise to many questions about the future of work.
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.
Smart construction is here—and it is being spurred on by new, emerging technology and innovative building methods including 3D printing and scanning and prefabrication. Also, it is spanning all segments of construction, from residential homes to infrastructure projects.
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.
Everything from tools to equipment is starting to become more connected with the advent of technologies such as the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), machine learning, and more.
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.