Construction is said to be the economy's largest industry sector yet to be completely transformed by technology. While progress has been made in areas like augmented and virtual reality, Building Information Modeling and 3D design, lean construction, robotics, building performance and sustainability, the proliferation of mobile and cloud computing and the use drones on site – there is an appetite for more innovation and transformation in our industry.
That said, technology on its own cannot solve problems. The future is about people. Our industry's success will depend on our ability to combine the best people with the right innovations to deliver improved (or enhanced) outcomes for our clients. Companies that don't understand and embrace this distinction run the risk of becoming obsolete.
Some of the more exciting transformations are taking place within the construction industry's workforce as well. In recent years we've seen significant shifts as post-Boomer generations blend in the workplace. Future generations will also communicate, collaborate and work in ways drastically different than we do today. We are laying the foundations for their future success now.
That includes better understanding of data, stronger integrations between our services and teams and greater levels of diversity in race, gender, work styles and perspectives. Most importantly, I believe we have an obligation to build a community of dignity and respect. We succeed when each individual is empowered to contribute to their fullest potential.
The future is bright and full of possibility. As we expand this conversation within our industry, our community and our relationships, I am confident we will find the right balance by working together.