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Contractors expect to spend more time on prefabrication, according to FMI study

Get ready for a surge in prefabrication activity by contractors. FMI, the consulting and investment banking firm, recently polled contractors about how much time they were spending, in craft labor hours, on prefabrication for construction projects. More than 250 contractors participated in the survey, and the average response to that question was 18%. More revealing, however, was the participantsā€™ anticipation that craft hours dedicated to prefab would essentially double, to 34%, within the next five years.



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Lack of organizational readiness is biggest hurdle to artificial intelligence adoption

Managers of companies in the industrial sector, including construction, have bought the hype of artificial intelligence (AI) as a transformative technology, but their organizations are not ready to realize its promise, according to research from IFS, a global cloud enterprise software company. An IFS survey of 1,700 senior decision-makers found that 84% of executives anticipate massive organizational benefits from AI.Ā 


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Contractors | May 26, 2023

Enhanced use of data is crucial for improving construction job site safety

Executives with major construction companies say new digital tools are allowing them to use data more effectively to reduce serious safety incidents and improve job site safety.

AEC Tech Innovation | May 12, 2023

Meet Diverge, Hensel Phelps' new ConTech investment company

Thai Nguyen, Director of Innovation with Hensel Phelps, discusses the construction giant's new startup investment platform, Diverge.

AEC Tech | May 9, 2023

4 insights on building product manufacturers getting ā€˜smartā€™

Overall, half of building product manufacturers plan to invest in one or more areas of technology in the next three years.

Sustainability | May 1, 2023

Increased focus on sustainability is good for business and attracting employees

A recent study, 2023 State of Design & Make by software developer Autodesk, contains some interesting takeaways for the design and construction industry. Respondents to a survey of industry leaders from the architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, and entertainment spheres strongly support the idea that improving their organizationā€™s sustainability practices is good for business.

AEC Tech | Burns & McDonnell | May 1, 2023

Utilizing computer vision, AI technology for visual jobsite tasks

Burns & McDonnell breaks down three ways computer vision can effectively assist workers on the job site, from project progress to safety measures.

AEC Tech Innovation | Apr 27, 2023

Does your firm use ChatGPT?

Is your firm having success utilizing ChatGPT (or other AI chat tools) on your building projects or as part of your business operations? If so, we want to hear from you.

Design Innovation Report | Apr 19, 2023

HDR usesĀ artificial intelligenceĀ tools to help designĀ a vital health clinicĀ in India

Architects from HDR worked pro bono with iKure, a technology-centric healthcare provider, to build a healthcare clinic in rural India.

Resiliency | Apr 18, 2023

AI-simulated hurricanes could aid in designing more resilient buildings

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have devised a new method of digitally simulating hurricanes in an effort to create more resilient buildings. A recent study asserts that the simulations can accurately represent the trajectory and wind speeds of a collection of actual storms.Ā 

3D Printing | Apr 11, 2023

University of Michiganā€™s DART Laboratory unveils Shell Wallā€”a concrete wall thatā€™s lightweight and freeform 3D printedĀ 

The University of Michiganā€™s DART Laboratory has unveiled a new product called Shell Wallā€”which the organization describes as the first lightweight, freeform 3D printed and structurally reinforced concrete wall. The innovative product leverages DART Laboratoryā€™s research and development on the use of 3D-printing technology to build structures that require less concrete.Ā 

Smart Buildings | Apr 7, 2023

Carnegie Mellon University's research on advanced building sensors provokes heated controversy

A research project to test next-generation building sensors at Carnegie Mellon University provoked intense debate over the privacy implications of widespread deployment of the devices in a new 90,000-sf building. The light-switch-size devices, capable of measuring 12 types of data including motion and sound, were mounted in more than 300 locations throughout the building.

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