Technology Reshaping the Industry’s Future
They say in times of change only the strong survive, but when it comes to the evolving construction industry it is the savvy who will survive. Those contractors who embrace innovation, are thoughtful about adoption, and who sacrifice a little vulnerability to learn something new will be the successful, thriving contractors of the future. Technology is the key, and it is here to stay.
As the momentum gathers and innovations become out-of-the-box functional in less time, the savvy contractor has to be as thoughtful as open to change. The only thing worse than refusing to adapt is adopting recklessly—here are some important and true technology trends to keep an eye on moving forward.
Data Collection and Amalgamation
The more information contractors can gather, use, analyze, and share, the further ahead they will be. Data acquisition means measurability, accountability, and overall improvement, and it also means its integration can allow machines and equipment to “talk” to and each other streamline their processes. When that happens, watch productivity soar.
Mechanical systems operated by cellphones, roadways collecting solar power to fuel cars of the future, wireless technology providing embedded electrical charge, self-healing concrete using sodium silicate—these the are the technologies of the future shaping development today. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an example of this digitizing of data aggregation and analysis. Think sensors and drones and preventative monitoring—this is where efficiency begins.
Constructioneering, a term Bentley Systems and Topcon use to describe how digital construction processes can be automated using integrated technology, will be the foundation of progress in this industry. Smashing silos and infusing the industry with holistic, collaborative processes, constructioneering uses surveying, engineering, modelling, and data-as-you-go to mitigate errors, increase productivity, and manage costs.
Mending the Generational Divide
There is no doubt the changing workforce will be the defining factor in the future landscape of construction. Technology can help bridge the gap between generations and increase safety, longevity, and commitment to the industry as it brings together conventional knowledge and contemporary processes.