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... »

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 »

Why Should Hardhat Professionals Care about Sustainability In South Africa

Why Should Hardhat Professionals Care about Sustainability In South Africa

Sustainability inspires me to get going in the morning. It’s what I think about when I look at my young daughters and when I think about their future. Read on to discover what sustainable construction means in South Africa and where the responsibility lies.  »

10 Facts about the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 and 4IR

10 Facts about the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 and 4IR

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has brought fresh opportunities but also new questions about how economies can best integrate technologies for a faster path to broad-based prosperity. New technology-intensive, high-skilled occupations will be in demand in the future, along with new growth broadly across sectors such as education, health, care, green energy and more. This tech revolution cal... »

Five Ways 4D BIM can Transform Your Project

Five Ways 4D BIM can Transform Your Project

4D BIM, also known as construction sequencing, is the process of adding extra layers of scheduling data to a project information model, which enables a step-by-step visualisation of the project’s progress at each stage. This, in turn, boosts productivity and encourages a safer and more straightforward planning process, minimising time delays and reducing project issues. »

Emerging Construction Trends that Accelerate Digital Transition

Emerging Construction Trends that Accelerate Digital Transition

After decades of under-digitisation, the engineering and construction sector is making bold moves in a new era. A new McKinsey analysis of the construction technology ecosystem finds emerging trends, solutions, and increasing technology use cases that are disrupting the way we plan, design, and execute projects. »

Africa’s Cities are Crowded and Disconnected

Africa’s Cities are Crowded and Disconnected

Most Sub-Saharan African cities are crowded with people and dwellings and disconnected by a lack of transport and other infrastructure, which constrains economic development and growth, and renders cities costly for business and households. Although African cities are densely populated, they are not economically dense or efficient enough to promote scale economies and attract capital investment. H... »

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