Construction Technology: The Tools of the Trade


The construction industry is responsible for five percent of the GDP—but also for 38 percent of the country’s carbon emissions. The industry also loses $120 billion annually due to labor inefficiencies, miscommunication and wasted materials. Yet among construction professionals, the adoption rate of new technologies that can seriously help eliminate such issues is surprisingly slow.

What’s not surprising are the real concerns that cause builders and developers to hesitate: budget restrictions, employee training and even the distant (or not so distant) fear that robots will steal jobs from human workers.

At the moment, much of the powerful and innovative construction technology has been implemented largely by the commercial sector. But as residential construction heads toward multi-family and urban projects, that distinction is becoming blurred.

The good news is that autonomous robots aren’t taking over jobs anytime soon. As Harvard research scientist Justin Werfel points out, robots are specifically created for the three Ds of construction work: Dangerous, Dirty and Dull. Swarming Soon. Social termites provided the inspiration for the design of TERMES, a swarm…click here to continue reading.