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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.