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Artificial Intelligence Meets Construction

Technology shapes so much around us. Cars no longer need gasoline. Home appliances respond to voice commands. Ten thousand songs reside on a wristwatch. All of this (and much more) can be traced back to the next technological paradigm shift that is artificial intelligence. Software has evolved from rigid, binary engines to learning systems that […]

Why the West has to join the Belt and Road Initiative

In today’s increasingly complex, fast-paced and interconnected world, breakthrough technologies, demographic shifts and political transformations are having far-reaching societal and economic consequences. Our societies are facing systemic global challenges that can no longer be addressed through the conventional linear approach of hierarchical corporate and governmental structures. The theme of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting […]

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 […]