Over the past two decades digital technology has only just begun to permeate the processes and infrastructure of the building industry. While you may see iPads on today’s construction sites and high-resolution digital renderings plastered on the job signs out front, construction itself remains one of the human activities least transformed by the waves of technology sweeping through society.The manufacturing industry, for example, invests four times more in digital tools than do we in construction. There clearly is room to improve. But I think construction is improving and buildings completed in years to come will benefit from three sets of
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.