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More than 2 million people die at work each year. Here’s how to prevent it

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 2.3 million workers die every year as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. To put this number in perspective, across the world 167,000 people died in armed conflicts in 2015, according to the latest edition of the IISS Armed Conflict Survey. In addition to […]

A vision of the Future – A blueprint for the Industry from Canada’s West Coast

In a world powered by innovation, action is needed to ensure that British Columbia’s construction companies are ready to meet the challenges ahead. It’s hard to overstate the importance of construction to BC’s economy. As a $16.5 billion dollar industry it provides 8% of the province’s GDP and employs more than 200,000 workers, making construction one of BC’s […]

Is Disruptive Innovation possible in the Construction Industry?

Lately I have been finding the term “disruptive innovation” everywhere.  From events about green buildings and BIM, to blogs and even the Australian Prime Minister – everyone is talking about disruptive innovation, what it means and how it is changing business and our lives.  Along with robots (see my post on robots here), the concept of […]

Industry Disruption: 10 ways real estate is changing

What do real estate brokers, brokerage clerks and telemarketers have in common? They will all lose their jobs in the near future. According to researchers at Oxford University, the potential for artificial intelligence computer algorithms to replace these jobs is estimated at between 97 and 99%. “The only thing you’ve got in this world is […]

How Elon Musk and other pioneers are shaking up the construction industry

Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging …” Elon Musk’s tweet in December 2016 startled the construction industry. He was not joking: only a month later, he started excavating the first test trench on Space X headquarters in Los Angeles – an incredibly fast move […]