Top 9 tech trends that will shape our built environment

Here’s the introduction from an article I wrote for the Xpera blog on the 9 Building Industry Innovations to Watch:

When people think about design, construction and real estate, “innovative” and “forward-thinking” probably aren’t the first words that come to mind.

Many building industry professionals working today began their careers at a time when computers were not commonplace. All communication was in person or over the phone and paper was the primary medium for documentation.

In just a few decades, technology has dramatically changed how we design and build things. Email, virtual meetings, text messaging and social media have augmented how we communicate with our teams. Seemingly endless and ever-expanding streams of 1s and 0s define the project record.

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As a sneak peak, here are those 9 innovations that I think will have the biggest impact on the building industry over the next several years:

  1. Prefabrication & Offsite Construction
  2. Robotics
  3. Health & Wellness
  4. Internet Of Things (IoT)
  5. Virtual Reality (VR)
  6. Augmented Reality (AR)
  7. Drones (With Lasers)
  8. 3D Printing
  9. Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning

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