The future of construction

The Construction Labor Shortage: Will Developers Deploy Robotics?

The Construction Labor Shortage: Will Developers Deploy Robotics?

It’s no secret that the world is rapidly urbanizing. People are flocking to cities around the globe that do not have enough buildings or infrastructure to support them. Builders can’t keep up. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, construction productivity has fallen by half since the 1960s. While there are many factors at play, one of the biggest threats to this labor-driven industry is the... »

Digital Twin: The cutting-edge technology for the built environment

Digital Twin: The cutting-edge technology for the built environment

Around the world, in almost all human endeavours, technology is revolutionising the way we live and work. It’s time for the construction industry to catch up with the rest of the sectors in terms of adopting cutting-edge technology. Within the last two decades, we, as construction professionals, have seen how approaches to design and construction have dramatically improved the way we design and co... »

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

5 Ways Buildings of the Future Will Use Biotech to Become Living Things

Biology is capable of extraordinary feats of engineering, and the next frontier in building technology might be to make buildings part of nature. Here are five ways buildings of the future might become living, breathing things. 1. Buildings that grow From the crushed shells of limestone to the timber of dead trees, we already use nature’s materials for building. Yet this pallet of materials could ... »

Should we build cities from scratch?

Should we build cities from scratch?

People have been building new cities from scratch for millennia. From the foundation myths surrounding Athens and Rome, to the clearance of virgin forests in western New York state to create the “garden city” of Buffalo, to scores of purpose-built capitals – Brasília, Canberra, Astana, Washington DC – building new cities is just something that humans do. When countries rise up, when markets emerge... »

Construction firms need to up their game to go digital.

Construction firms need to up their game to go digital.

New research has unveiled that almost half (44.3%) of businesses in the construction industry have limited or no insight into company or project performance. Professionals working in the sector are either not collecting data or are collecting it manually instead of digitally, says the report, Unlock the Benefits of Going Digital in Construction. The research conducted by Bentley Systems, the desig... »