Remember Mario – the computer game character who bounced on toadstools and rescued Princess Peach? While Mario hasn’t changed with time, the games industry has – primarily through the introduction of new tech. What can the construction industry learn from how games developers have adapted to, and commercialised, these changes? The gaming industry is as susceptible to change as any other. In the 1990s, there were various games systems in the market such as Nintendo’s SNES and the Sega Megadrive. The business model was to sell consoles and games and success would be based on a combination of hardware performance, the number of games available and the gameplay experience. Some companies failed.... »
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Urbanization will present challenges on a massive scale. About 55% of the world’s population currently lives in cities, according to the UN, and projections call for this number to increase as rural populations shrink. Not all cities are growing at the same pace, however. By 2030, roughly one-sixth of the world’s population will live in just 41 very large cities—each with a population of more than 10 million people. That kind of concentration among populations can create conflicts—and greater urgency for city governments—in three specific areas: Economic Competition Among Cities. Large cities often siphon capital and business activity away from smaller cities nearby. And because conce... »
GlobalData’s latest report (‘African Transport Networks’) reveals that growth in transport construction in Africa is being driven by increasing investment in railway projects. Spending will be led by Nigeria, Kenya, and Egypt, where transport investment will increase from US$7.6 billion, US$9.5 billion, and US$5.6 billion respectively in 2019, to US$9.8 billion, US$8.5 billion, and US$7.5 billion in 2020. GlobalData is currently tracking 448 large-scale transport projects across Africa worth US$430.3 billion in both the public and private sectors at all stages from announcement to execution. When completed to their entirety, the tracked projects will total over 110 000 km in length (54 110 k... »
A four-year study into Chinese construction and manufacturing firms’ employment practices in Africa suggests some of the bad press China gets on the continent is undeserved. With Chinese firms dominating road construction in Ethiopia and Angola, there are perceptions that they don’t hire many domestic nationals, and treat those they do poorly.But fieldwork carried out by University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in those two countries show the proportion of domestic nationals in the labour force is substantially higher than media portray. In Ethiopia 90% of all workers were domestic nationals, rising to 100% in low-skilled jobs. In Angola, where rates are usually l... »
As the labor gap continues to grow, the construction industry has reached an impasse. Fewer people are applying for construction positions, and the ones who do lack the necessary experience. With an aging workforce, declining interest and high operating expenses, construction executives have started to get creative. A growing number of construction professionals are turning to digital technologies as a possible solution. Though the industry hasn’t always shown enthusiasm in adopting these advances, that traditional mindset is beginning to change. The potential of digital technology is impossible — and imprudent — to ignore. How have construction professionals employed these technologies to m... »
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Africa’s free-trade pact will help shift the continent away from its over-reliance on volatile commodity exports and boost manufacturing, according to the African Development Bank. Sectors where African products already have a competitive advantage have the most to gain from the deal that joins the markets of more than 50 countries, making it the largest free-trade zone in the world, AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina said in an interview in Niger’s capital, Niamey.
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