Author: The HardHat Professional

What construction can learn from the gaming industry?

What construction can learn from the gaming industry?

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 19... »

Top 3 challenges brought about by urbanization

Top 3 challenges brought about by urbanization

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... »

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

African investment in transport construction set for rapid growth

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 ... »

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

Chinese construction firms deserve better press in Africa, study suggests

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 Sch... »

How Can Technology Bridge the Construction Labor Gap?

How Can Technology Bridge the Construction Labor Gap?

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... »