The future of construction

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Down to Earth: Building opportunities from waste

Here’s a riddle for you. What do you get when you combine 70% soil, 25% mixed builders waste and 5% cement? The answer: a HOUSE! [rml_read_more] I recently caught up with USE-IT’s founder to hear how our sector is throwing away opportunities for sustainable construction every day. If you’ve never considered construction waste as a beautiful resource, you’ve never met Chris ... »

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

Boosting Productivity in Construction with Digital and Lean

As an industry, construction is one of the least digitized. It also faces a chronic problem of low productivity, the product of faulty planning and poor collaboration that cause delays and increase costs. Only about 50% of planned activities on a construction site are completed on schedule—no better than a coin toss. But by applying digital lean methods at the construction site, we estimate compan... »

Skills 2030:  Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Skills 2030: Securing the talent to build our Future Infrastructure

Technologies are transforming our lives and our world, impacting every type of infrastructure you can imagine. This shift requires new skills, such as greater creativity and innovation, better communication and collaboration, and more interdisciplinary specialists.[rml_read_more] The current debate within the industry is focused on how the role of the engineer must evolve to deliver future infrast... »

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

How transformative technologies can address the skills gap within the construction industry

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, with new devices and products being introduced daily to help enhance the workplace. It could be argued that the construction industry has been slow in bringing this in and is yet to undergo a major transformation.[rml_read_more] Firms now find themselves in a difficult position as they compete to an international completion and having to deal with more compl... »

Creating a culture of sustainability: Two things Civil Engineers can do today

Creating a culture of sustainability: Two things Civil Engineers can do today

Construction often has a staid image of not being progressive or innovative, perhaps even inflexible and traditional. But I’m on a mission to change that. Sustainable construction and social change go hand-in-hand and as Civil Engineers, we have a responsibility to encourage our clients, contractors and the supply chain to think bigger. The new generation of Built Environment professionals get it.... »

Rationalisation and Standardisation is key to unlocking digital transformation in Construction

Rationalisation and Standardisation is key to unlocking digital transformation in Construction

The construction industry has much to gain from implementing standards, whether in processes, data management, or methodology. System and software standardisation not only minimizes costs, but it also reduces the need for specialised expertise to support the »

Back to school is more than just polished shoes

Back to school is more than just polished shoes

Packed lunch boxes in the fridge overnight, freshly-ironed uniforms, a sparkly new stationery set and an abundance of nervous excitement; with two young girls, this is what back to school means in our house. For me, it means getting back into the school drop-off and pick-up routine, coordinating schedules and meeting new teachers. It’s a mix of pride and relief, especially after a long December br... »

Integration Across the Digital Ecosystem in Construction and Engineering

Integration Across the Digital Ecosystem in Construction and Engineering

As Engineering and Construction(E&C) organizations undergo a digital transformation, the challenge is to integrate a range of systems, software, hardware, and applications across the enterprise and ensure that there is interoperability between new and existing systems. »

Delivering future Infrastructure: Faster, Smarter and Better

Delivering future Infrastructure: Faster, Smarter and Better

As the industry seeks to bridge the global infrastructure gap, the delivery of many critical assets — essential to economic growth and the wellbeing of communities — is still being delayed. The combination of technology and alternative delivery can be truly powerful in solving this productivity issue. »

How analytics can drive smarter Engineering and Construction decisions

How analytics can drive smarter Engineering and Construction decisions

Three applications illustrate how companies are beginning to embrace data solutions while establishing a foundation for more ambitious initiatives in the future. »