Futuristic tech wish lists… what are you waiting for?

April 11, 2013 |
Sasha Reed

It seems you can’t browse an industry website today without hearing about some new app, software, or hardware package that is going to push the bounds on the traditional ways in which design and construction are done. Case in point, a recent BD+C article about Google Glass asked the question, “will Google Glass revolutionize the construction process?”

Leveraging Augmented Reality (AR), Google Glass will enable users (or wearers) to look at a jobsite today, overlay graphical data or BIM model images and visualize how the project will look tomorrow. It’s sort of like overlaying reality with trace paper… but way cooler.

Well, an architect in Australia is going to put the concept to the test to see if there is a real world application for this futuristic technology. Conceptually, it’s easy to see the many use cases for this type of technology within construction. Whether it plays out as a useful tool or not is a whole other story.

Over the years, I’ve had many a conversation on the topic of the ideal futuristic technology for the industry: the George Jetson jet pack or hoverboard, if you will, for construction. But I wonder, what technology are you waiting for? What is the one innovation, however far-fetched it may be, that would make your life so much easier? What would truly revolutionize the way you work? Care to share?

Sasha Reed | Digital COM
Bluebeam Software

About the Author: Sasha Reed has over 12 years of experience working directly in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) market. As VP of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam Software, Sasha interacts directly with AEC leaders to better understand the long-range goals of the industry and help align Bluebeam’s technology partnerships. In addition, Sasha is acting Chair of the Construction PDF Coalition.  The purpose of the Coalition is to establish Guidelines to provide Architects, Engineers, Constructors and Owners (AECO) with a common framework in which to create and maintain Construction PDF Documents. Sasha has been featured as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Bentley Florida User Group and spoken at numerous industry events including the American Institute of Architects’ DesignDC Conference, NTI Danish BIM Conference, the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program and the International Facilities Management Association Conference. Sasha has also contributed articles to numerous national publications and authors the Digital Com blog for Building Design + Construction magazine. Before Bluebeam, Sasha was a Project Manager for M3, a Herman Miller dealer, where she learned ?rsthand the challenges faced by the AEC industry from project conception to completion. 

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