There has been a lot of talk lately about smart, connected jobsites—which encompasses everything from tools, to equipment, to workers, and even materials. For the next few weeks, I want to focus on a few of these areas to identify the best way to help connect the jobsite. First up, workers.
In the past few year, I have been a bit discouraged by the lack of investment in technologies in buildings and homes. To me, it seems when the terms automated-home technology and building automation began to fade from existence so too did the announcements surrounding the implementation of technologies in buildings. Perhaps it was the downturn, or a wait-and-see approach, but the amount of truly innovative stories were few and far between—that is until now.
Now, more than ever, construction needs to develop its workforce. As we have been reporting about here at Constructech all year, the labor shortage is impacting nearly every company across the country—but there are two key pieces to the puzzle that might be able to help.
Dale Beard, CEO, Intelliwave Technologies, www.intelliwavetechnologies.com, Alberta, Canada, recently sat down with Constructech to discuss how the construction jobsite is changing with the help of sensor technologies.
Back in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of Constructech magazine, I wrote an article entitled “Jobsite: The Next Generation.”
On August 27, Constructech will be hosting its annual Technology Day event, in the suburbs of Chicago, to talk about how technology is changing the construction space and how BYOD (bring your own device), among other technologies, is playing a key role at the jobsite.
Who is leading the connected race when it comes to connected technology for the construction industry? Identifying the top technology vendors sometimes plays a vital role in making implementation decisions for construction companies.
As many of you might already know I recently had a conversation with Epic BIM’s John Grady about the future of technology in construction—and he has some interesting thoughts that I want to explore in some more detail.