About Peggy Smedley

Peggy Smedley is an internationally known speaker and highly respected influencer in the tech world educating businesses and consumers alike on the latest trends on digital transformation and circularity shaping everyday lives. An outspoken advocate and supporter of sustainability and resiliency, Peggy is the quick-witted host of The Peggy Smedley Show, the editorial director of Connected World and its sister publication Constructech, as well as the president of Specialty Publishing Co. Peggy has earned the reputation as an innovative and skilled content storyteller throughout her 25-year career and her passion is to do whatever she can to adhere to her motto, “with great technology, comes great responsibility.” She is a renowned author and an award-winning editor having earned numerous honors for editorial excellence. She recently authored Sustainable in a Circular World, Design and Restore Natural Ecosystems Through Innovation, which affords her the greatest opportunity to help move the world from grey to green. She also authored Mending Manufacturing: How America Can Manufacture its Survival, a book detailing all aspects of the American manufacturing crisis and inspiring innovation and has had the honor of collaborating on eight books. Peggy has been a guest on television business and news programs and has been a voice on many national commercially syndicated radio shows. In 1997, Peggy formed Specialty Publishing Co. with the goal of enlightening executives in key industries to the importance of understanding technology for the betterment of their companies. Surpassing publishing norms, Peggy has guided her company in successfully launching very targeted and niche services while at the helm. She has a long history of covering manufacturing and construction, infrastructure, security, and an even stronger passion to empower a younger workforce and women to join STEM, IoT, and digital innovation. Prior to launching her own company, Smedley served as Group Publisher and Editorial Director of numerous publishing firms based in Chicago, Ill.

Digital Twin and the Data Tsunami

Engineering data, schedules, enterprise data, control and sensor data, GIS (geographic information systems), LiDAR: There is a veritable data tsunami that is happening in businesses these days, and construction and engineering companies are now tasked with harnessing all this data, which comes at the same time as the new Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Enter digital twins, which are able to not only reign in the data, but will also enable contractors and engineers to make better and faster decisions. Let’s explore.

The State of Construction and Technology

How are industries recovering from the fallout that has surrounded the COVID-19 pandemic? This is something I am exploring over on Connected World this month and wanted to dig into the topic here on Constructech as well. Here are the two big questions at hand: what is the state of the construction industry today and how does technology fit in? This is not a new topic, but the pandemic has certainly thrown a wrench in the discussion, so to speak, and it’s worth tackling the topic before we look at the predictions for the New Year.

Construction Tasked with Reducing Embodied Emissions

Perhaps this goes without saying, but we need to reduce emissions—and ideally it would start in the early stages of construction. The reason is it is not just the buildings creating emissions. Roughly 10% of global carbon emissions come from materials and construction processes, often referred to as embodied emissions.

Five Trends to Watch in Construction

Construction: gear up for another strong year in 2022. Several factors are positioning the industry for big changes, even amid disruptive conditions, according to Deloitte, and there are five key trends—specifically for construction—to keep an eye on.

Infrastructure Deal: What’s Next for Construction

The long-awaited infrastructure deal—Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—has passed, which will lead to more jobs, more projects, and ultimately safer infrastructure for all. Let’s take a closer look at how this will change the way work is done in construction in the months ahead.

Supply Chain in Construction: Minimize Disruptions

The supply chain: it is all anybody can talk about these days—and with good reason. Disruptions in the supply chain are impacting nearly every construction business, large and small. This was front and center in the Consigli Market Outlook: October 2021. The trends outlined here have a common thread: every project in every sector is feeling the supply and cost problems.

Net Zero: Cement and Beyond

With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference underway, many companies are announcing and creating net zero goals by the year 2050—but will it be soon enough? And how soon will the construction industry embrace net zero, both in business and in construction? Let’s take a closer look.

ICF and SIPs: The Hard Reality

Are ICF and SIPs cheaper or better than conventional stick—even with high lumber prices? In my experience, no. Bottomline: Don’t buy into the story it will be cheaper. It is not, which is unfortunate because if we want to meet our global climate neutrality goals, we need sustainability to start at home. If you have been reading my posts on LinkedIn, I have been addressing the real challenges we are facing with making the transition to green in a more equitable fashion.

Water Projects: There’s an App for That

If you have been following me for the past year, then you know my passion for sustainability and my desire to find innovative solutions to global challenges like water shortages. Predicated on the current consumption rate, by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more.

Making Data Work for Us

Data, data, data. The volume of data has doubled in the last three years and is the lifeblood of the construction industry—and now one new report suggests better data strategies could save the global construction industry $1.85 trillion. Let’s take a closer look at how this will unfold.