Technology

    The Next Phase of the Digital Transformation of the Construction Industry

    I have been in AEC for almost 50 years, and since 2006 I have been producing a series of free research studies on global construction technology at Dodge Data & Analytics. From my vantage point, I believe we’re around a third of the way into what will be looked back on as about a 30-year technology-driven transformation of the entire global design, construction, and built-asset management industry, from AI-enhanced design to extensive industrialization of the build process to digital twins… Read More »The Next Phase of the Digital Transformation of the Construction Industry

      Light in the Visible Spectrum Can Kill COVID-19, a New Study Asserts

      Ultraviolet light is an important tool in the fight against COVID-19, and is being used to disinfect everything from hospital CT scanners to firefighters’ boots. HVAC systems incorporate UV lights to reduce the spread of the airborne disease in building interiors. UV radiation occurs at wavelengths from 10 to 400 nanometers, and is largely invisible to the human eye. However, it can, at certain wavelengths, cause significant damage to our eyesight, skin, and immune system, undermining its utility as an… Read More »Light in the Visible Spectrum Can Kill COVID-19, a New Study Asserts

        The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Illuminate New Possibilities for Data in Commercial Construction

        The 82nd annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference will occur on November 3 from 11:00–3:30 (EDT). Although the conference will be virtual this year, due to COVID-19, it remains a cornerstone event for construction industry leaders and the media. Its forecasts offer critical insights into the U.S. economy and the construction market. The conference will feature two keynotes: The 2021 construction industry findings will be presented by Dodge Data & Analytics’ chief economist Richard Branch and will outline the risks and opportunities… Read More »The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Illuminate New Possibilities for Data in Commercial Construction

          How 5D BIM is Creating Better Outcomes on Construction Projects

          5D BIM is a five-dimensional way of showing the physical and functional aspects of any project. 5D adds the element of cost to the already existing time management and Common Data Environment (CDE) components of information sharing in construction. When performed correctly, 5D BIM can optimize a project, impact schedule and cost, and ultimately save margins. However, most solutions today are not purpose built for 5D, and instead are a collection of data and solutions that only give a snapshot… Read More »How 5D BIM is Creating Better Outcomes on Construction Projects

            The Road to Zero Emissions in the AEC industry

            Currently, the journey to zero emissions in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry remains a moral imperative. As the climate emergency deepens, construction professionals will come under increasing pressure to decarbonize their operations. Government and multi-national organizations are proposing public policy and regulation, such as the Paris Agreement, that will have local and regional impacts on construction operations as soon as 2021. This guide looks at the carbon challenge and how construction operators can play their part in reducing… Read More »The Road to Zero Emissions in the AEC industry

              Pandemic Skewed Construction Demand; What That Means For General Contractors Today

              Demand for cold storage and fulfillment centers is through the roof. Some developers have adjusted their plans, hedging their bets by changing hotels and office blocks under construction into mixed-purpose buildings. Others are playing the long game, taking advantage of low occupancy rates to undertake renovations or conversions. As these requirements shift, contractors need to catch up. That means keeping on top of new health and safety demands, like HVAC units with built-in HEPA filters and other interventions designed to… Read More »Pandemic Skewed Construction Demand; What That Means For General Contractors Today

                Building a Data Center? Here’s What You Need to Know

                Cloud computing is at an all-time high. Over the past year, meetings have moved online. The document, storage, collaboration, and sharing apps have become essential for organizations of all types. All over the world, people are working from home, learning from home, and accessing all their entertainment from home. This rising internet usage creates oceans of data… and that data needs to be processed and stored. For construction companies and general contractors, this represents a huge opportunity. But building data… Read More »Building a Data Center? Here’s What You Need to Know

                  Project Agility through 4D BIM Webinar

                  October 7th at 9:00 am CDT / 10:00 am EST Join Hexagon for their webinar to learn how to use more of your data efficiently to increase decision-making capabilities and improve project agility through 4D BIM. In any large construction project, we see discrete roles within a connected ecosystem. From concept and design through construction, maintenance, commissioning and turnover, Hexagon enables data governance of a projects’ information, connecting it across the lifecycle all the way to management of an owner’s… Read More »Project Agility through 4D BIM Webinar

                    Robot Assistants, Coming to a Construction Site Near You

                    With construction plagued by inefficiency, safety concerns, and labor shortages, the smart money is on robotics transforming the job site. The National Science Foundation, in particular, is betting $2 million on a consortium of researchers from the University of Florida, University of Michigan, and Washington State University, for their study pairing human workers with so-called “interactive robot assistants.” According to the University of Michigan’s University Record, the robots will learn how to learn on the job from their flesh-and-blood mentors.… Read More »Robot Assistants, Coming to a Construction Site Near You

                      Measuring Tech Savviness, and Tech Needs, in the Construction Industry

                      Just how tech-friendly is the construction industry? It’s clear that contractors are increasingly relying on digital tools for their projects. But a new study by Dodge Data & Analytics reveals that only 34% of civil contractors in the US have adopted model-based technology, while 57% of those in the vertical building sector report using these tools. The adoption rate for field and project management tools is much higher: 61% among civil contractors, and 83% among vertical building contractors. The Dodge… Read More »Measuring Tech Savviness, and Tech Needs, in the Construction Industry