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Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Jim Forester (VP Business Development Newforma)

Watch the video | Newforma’s VP Business Development and Co-Founder, Jim Forester, explains his thoughts on the future of construction. He thinks that the separation of design and engineering will disappear to a certain extent. The role of humans on construction sites he sees rather in coordinating tasks. Therefore he thinks new skillsets are required. […]

Infographic | The 10 most promising technologies in Engineering & Construction

The digitalization is gaining ground in the construction industry. That’s severely needed as the productivity stagnated over the last decades with all negative impacts for society, economy and environment. The most promising technologies to improve the productivity in the construction industry are depicted in this infographic of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Construction Initiative. […]

Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Jay Harris (VP Western Operations Boldt)

Watch the video | Boldt’s VP Western Operations, Jay Harris, explains his thoughts on the future of construction. He thinks the next big thing in the construction industry will be artificial intelligence and robots. Among the largest challenges he sees the prevailing command and control leadership structure of the industry. He expects that pre-fabrication and […]

Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Sunil Dorairajan (CEO Pype)

Watch the video | Pype’s CEO and Co-Founder, Sunil Dorairajan, explains his thoughts on the future of construction. He thinks the next big things in the construction industry will be the internet of things, big data and artificial intelligence. He expects that a shortage of skills and labor are the largest hurdles for the development […]

Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Meirav Oren (CEO Versatile Nature)

Watch the video | Versatile Nature’s CEO and Co-Founder, Meirav Oren, explains her thoughts on the future of construction. She thinks the next big thing will be real-time-data-driven action. As the largest hurdles for the development of the construction industry she sees the resistance to change and adopt new technologies. She expects that construction sites […]

Video: The Definition of Good Construction- Thoughts on the Future of Construction

Watch the video | CEOs and high-level executives of established construction companies and start-ups explain how they think good construction will be defined in the future. According to them the main characteristics of good construction will be zero defects and accidents, efficiency and sustainability as well as completion on time and on budget. Furthermore assets […]

Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Jesse Devitte (Managing Director Borealis Ventures)

Watch the video | Borealis Ventures Managing Director and Co-Founder, Jesse Devitte, explains his thoughts on the future of construction. He thinks the next big thing will be data to improve the build environment. As the largest hurdles for the development of the construction industry he sees the project-driven business models and the challenges for […]

The Age of Sustainalism: the new socio-economic growth model for an inclusive 21st century

It is becoming ever more clear that the major global trends which are having the greatest impact on the world around us are not only increasingly intertwined, but are also becoming ever broader in their impact, affecting a greater number of regions and citizens. Global hunger is on the increase, for the first time in […]

Video: The Most Successful Players – Thoughts on the Future of Construction

Watch the video | CEOs and high-level executives of established construction companies and start-ups explain who they expect to be the most successful players in the future of construction. As key success factors are seen hiring the right people, sharing knowledge and a high speed of learning. Furthermore it is expected that thinking in an […]

Why migrant workers are the key to Asia’s green cities of the future

Building Asia’s green cities of the future is about more than energy efficiency – it can drive a virtuous cycle of economic growth and restructuring, as low-skilled jobs on large construction sites provide income opportunities for millions of migrants. On-the-job training can equip these labourers to build efficiently — and to build buildings and urban […]

Infographic | Six megatrends impacting the E&C industry

The construction industry is crucial to the society, the economy and the environment. Megatrends in all three sectors create an imperative for change in the construction industry. The most important megatrends are depicted in this infographic of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Construction Initiative. To learn more about relevant global trends and their impact […]

The New Silk Road: 8 steps to ensuring China’s $900 billion project is a success

What is the New Silk Road? The Silk Road was the name given in 1877 by the German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen to the ancient network of trade routes linking China to central and western Asia, India and the Mediterranean region. Today, China is breathing new life into the Silk Road with the goal of […]

Video: Thoughts on the Future of Construction by Suzanne H. El-Moursi (President Uplift Data Partners)

Watch the video | Uplift Data Partner’s President, Suzanne H. El-Moursi, explains her thoughts on the future of construction. She thinks the next big thing will be the adoption of drones to help project managers achieve peak project performance. She expects that there will be a mix of robots and humans on site. The main […]

Video: The Construction Site of the Future – Thoughts on the Future of Construction

Watch the video | CEOs and high-level executives of established construction companies and start-ups explain how they imagine the construction site of the future will look like. It is expected that a part of construction works moves to pre-fabrication factories. Standardized modules will be installed afterwards on-site. A common believe is that new technologies like […]

Innovation Cases

Case Studies about state-of-the-art implementation of innovation and start ups/pilot projects to showcase innovative approaches in a slow-moving industry and derive lessons for the entire E&C industry to foster adoption of new tools and technologies, processes, organizations and business models.

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