The Seattle-based construction tech startup Unearth has announced another round of funding, which it will use to launch its software product that captures a digital a snapshot of what’s happening on a construction project site in real time; the company says it saves project stakeholders time, boosts efficiency, and can help prevent margin erosion.
Where, How, and Why Governments Are Applying Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts to Real Estate Transactions, and What It Could Mean for Construction
Transparency and reducing transaction costs. Noble goals, for sure, and perhaps much easier to reach in the near future for both real estate and, perhaps, construction transactions through the power of blockchain. In this article, which we plan to update regularly as new governments and jurisdictions implement blockchain technology for real estate, we take a closer look with an eye towards how these systems might ultimately impact the civil engineering and construction industries.
The Future of the Built Environment: What New Technology Will Be Most Disruptive to the Construction Industry?
I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at the first Builtworlds Project Conference in New York City that discussed the future of the construction industry. What technologies will be most disruptive both in the short- and long-term? Where are our respective AEC organizations seeing specific challenges and opportunities for innovation? In this article, I’ve outlined some of those questions as posed to the panel with my own answers.
Integration is a hot buzz word in construction right now so it shouldn’t be surprising that a lot is happening in today’s construction tech startup world around prefab and modular technology. Recently, another Australian startup has secured seven-figure funding for a modular construction solution. Based in Perth, Pro9 Global has raised $8M to build a manufacturing facility in Sydney for its prefab wall, window, and facade systems.
This is a response piece to a list of 8 design firm inefficiencies recently discussed at Building Design + Construction magazine. In it, we analyze each, and suggest how construction tech could provide a solution. Our biggest takeaway? The AEC industry is changing rapidly on numerous fronts, and firms need to adapt and evolve or otherwise risk becoming obsolete.
An academic at the UK’s Northumbria University in Newcastle’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, has built a mathematical model for allocating labor that her research confirms can help contractors and construction companies save their projects time and money. The model, part of a software program, uses the skills and personalities of individual laborers proposed for, or working on, a construction project site, coupled with existing site conditions and the overall progress of the work, to optimize labor crew configurations.