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The Next Frontier: Robots Working in Squads

Construction work as we well know is a team effort, requiring the synchronization of workers, equipment and materials.  And just as construction workers need to be trained to work among and around their fellow workers, getting robots to do the same, until now, has been a tougher nut to crack.

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The Rising Tide of Software Integration

In the Dark Ages, when software came in a box and was sold at big stores, programmers were in direct – and devilish – competition. Some software even deleted competing software or made things run more slowly if competitors were near. These dirty tricks are over, replaced an increasingly common form of cooperation.

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McKinsey Construction Report Has Compelling Advice for Owners

McKinsey & Company released an insightful report on why the construction industry lags so far behind other major industries in productivity, and what can be done to fix the problem. There are a number of recommendations that address how commercial real estate owners can better drive productivity with their general contractors and with their internal teams.

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The Hidden Costs of Waiting to Adopt New Technology

If you wait for the kinks to be worked out before trying a new gadget, we’re with you. But if your company still mandates using Internet Explorer – a product so problematic that Microsoft stopped supporting all but the most recent version – it’s time to look closely at the real cost of waiting to adopt new technology.

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Smart Highways are Paving a Road to the Future

With all of those smarts on board in today’s cars, it stands to reason that the roads upon which they drive should also be updated. We’re already seeing crews being tasked with baking in sensors and other cutting-edge technologies into roadways.

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How Well is the Construction Industry Leveraging its Data?

A new SmartMarket report from Viewpoint and Dodge Data & Analytics examined how C&E firms are using their data, interviewing nearly 200 industry professionals from GCs to design-contracting companies. The report analyzes details regarding their data storage and gathering methods around 5 key areas: equipment management, safety, productivity, project progress, and man-hours.

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New Study Reports on Construction Industry’s Biggest Concerns

This year, Procore sponsored a groundbreaking FMI industry study. More than 700 construction professionals from across the globe took part in the survey. You’ll learn about their biggest concerns for future success. While finding and getting new business remains very important, it ranks behind five other challenges directly related to turning projects on time an

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How to Grow Blockchain Adoption in Construction Companies

Blockchain technology has proven itself to be a transformative business force. It enables businesses to accurately record and store just about any kind of transaction data from the supply chain, and it has already made its mark on various industries, from shipping and transit to agriculture to pharmaceuticals.

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Get Predictive With Safety

Predictive analytics sounds complicated, and behind the scenes it is, but real world uses are easy to understand, and they make good business sense. And for construction companies, predictive analytics are offering the next step on the journey to incident-free jobsites.

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BIM? BAM! But Start with the Model

Steve Jones, head of Industry Insights Research for Dodge Data recently led a Groundbreak session on using the BIM model as both a road map and a granular visual guide for project management. With such a background, he is well situated to separate futurist malarkey from genuine industry advances. 

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Integration and Automation of the Future

Two sessions at Groundbreak 2019 highlight the future of our industry—and it is all about integration. Mark Fly of ConstructConnect presented his top five bid management practices that construction companies need to modify or abandon completely. Katie Rapp of Procore, James Benham of JBKnowledge, and Scott Sanders of DE Harvey Builders provided insight into what construction payments will look like in the future.

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