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Artificial intelligence has had many successes, and its technology offers positive implications. But it's not all rosy: "Artificial intelligence will render many of the simpler professional tasks redundant -- potentially replacing entirely many of the tasks by which our younger engineers and other professionals learn the details of our trade," says Arup engineer Tim Chapman.
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There's a growing wave of appreciation for the benefits of building information modeling for building operations as opposed to BIM's contributions to the design and construction phases. That, in turn, is bringing added focus to computer-assisted facilities management solutions, which can be coupled with BIM systems for further improved efficiencies.
Architectural engineering faculty at Pennsylvania State University have been honored for their work on the "National BIM Guide for Owners." The National Institute of Building Sciences Honor Award notes the pioneering nature of the guide, creating a standard approach for implementation of building information modeling through the phases of design, construction, maintenance and operations.
Drones are quickly becoming a go-to technology on construction sites, but operators should be aware that their use is now governed by Federal Aviation Administration rules. Dykema's Brett Schouest outlines the basics that operators should take into account when using drones.
Aaron Holm worked for Amazon helping build out the company's brick-and-mortar stores, and he saw bottlenecks in the construction process. He left the company and started a modular construction company, Blokable, that will integrate smart-home tech into the units and potentially cut construction time by up to half and costs by 10%.
North Carolina-based Amidon manufactures a concrete that withstands bullets and grenade fragments and is hoping the concrete will be used to build the planned border wall between the United States and Mexico. The Department of Defense has already purchased the material for training facilities, and the company says the concrete would create a safer environment for border patrol agents.
For construction companies to implement new technology, they must have both formal and informal processes in place, writes Jean Thilmany, who examines how Skanska USA implements tech innovations. "For companies to be successful innovators, they need to invest in resources to manage change," says Tony Colonna, a Skanska senior vice president.
Millennials thrive on teamwork, and they value the opportunity to share input and make their voices heard, experts say. Managers need to follow through on promises made during the hiring process and should make time for one-on-one meetings with millennial employees.
Employees who trust their company are more productive, collaborate better with co-workers, stay at their jobs longer and are generally happier than workers who lack trust, writes Susan Meisinger, former president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management.