Author: Peggy Smedley

Road project sets the path for the information and technology highway of the future. If I said “Big Dig” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Unless you live in or near Boston, Mass., you might not know in 1992 it was the place where many were exaggerating the ideas that the information superhighway would meet the interstate highway. View the full article here.

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Perhaps one of the best ways to improve a connected device or service would be through customer feedback. But what if customers weren’t telling the manufacturers about the issues with the devices? This is the reality for many, according to a new survey. The Memfault survey sought to understand consumer spending, use, and experiences with their connected devices such as fitness trackers, media devices, health monitors, GPS, and entertainment devices, just to name a few—not including smartphones. It surveyed 800 users aged 25-55 in the United States. Here is what it found. One of the more startling statistics is that…

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In the last five decades, we have seen a big shift in the construction industry—one that has developed a culture around safety. Long gone are the days of dozens of men hanging off the top of the empire state building, nary a hard hat to be seen. Hard hats didn’t become mandatory on most jobsites until the 1970s. The numbers from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health) tell an interesting story too. We see worker deaths in America are down from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to only 15 a day in 2019. That is certainly progress, but…

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For airports, communication is still often typically manual through phone, walkie talkies, and email. A big challenge here is there is a lack of common situational awareness and there is no single source of truth. Now, two companies’ vision for the future could completely change how the industry operates, creating greater opportunities for both airlines and passengers. According to an Amadeus report, with 150 senior aviation leaders, 67% of airlines are experiencing more or similar levels of disruption than in 2019, and a ‘lack of common technology that brings stakeholders together’ is the number one barrier preventing better management of…

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Unpacking the inefficiencies and expenses that come along with technology challenges in construction. It is very common to see a variety of companies participate and engage in the creation of a diverse set of documents throughout the construction lifecycle of any residential, commercial, or even infrastructure project. Architects and engineers contribute to the initial plans, which undergo multiple revisions. View the full article here.

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Here at Constructech, we have been talking about BIM (building information modeling) for roughly two decades. The reality is at the heart of BIM is collaboration—and collaboration is what is so desperately needed to improve productivity, safety, and quality on today’s complex construction projects. If you have been following here for a while then you know BIM isn’t necessarily a piece of technology, but rather a collaborative process enabled by technology to connect time (4D), cost (5D), sustainability (6D), and facilities management (7D). What’s Driving BIM As we know, one of the biggest drivers of BIM is the project owner—and…

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Every day we talk about the importance of data—how data is accessed, collected, managed, tracked, monitored, and stored electronically. Databases have quickly evolved. Today, when we are talking about a lot of data, we are literally talking about how businesses are capturing value. They are using this data to track our every movement, in the way we live, work, and play. We are infusing all this information to interpret everything we do and the way we do it. View the full article here.

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Sustainability is becoming a much bigger priority across all walks of life, especially in construction. As we all know, buildings are one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. In fact, some suggest buildings are responsible for more than one-third of total U.S. emissions. To all head on the same path toward the same goal, we must have a similar target. But to achieve these objectives we must be smarter and work more efficiently together, if we ever truly want to reach our energy targets. One of the first steps must…

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Earlier this month, I shared the truth about gen AI (artificial intelligence), explaining we must realize the rise of AI will have an impact on our workforce. We can’t have one without the other. They are the ying and the yang and how we choose to leverage one will in fact impact the other. Let’s be clear here, to be successful in business, we must consider both in tandem. With that, I also explained there are real, true opportunities to be had with generative AI. The reality is many people—and companies—are already using gen AI. PwC suggests one year after…

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The supply chain is only becoming more complex—and every disruption creates a ripple effect that impacts other players. At SAP Sapphire, Christian Klein, CEO, SAP, shined a light on the true challenges the supply chain is facing. Some at the event even suggest up to 97% of our supply chains got disrupted in the last two years. What is needed today more than ever is for supply chains to become more flexible to serve the personalized needs of consumers. Enter generative AI (artificial intelligence). Before we talk about the supply chain, let’s take a closer look at how technology has…

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