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Emerging Technology in the Construction Industry: Perceptions from Construction Industry ProfessionalsAlthough historically the construction industry has been a slow adopter of technology, in recentyears the technology available to increase productivity and thus profit margins has seen rapidadoption and advancement. As these advances have taken hold the need for students to beexposed to this technology, to properly prepare them for their careers has arisen. Projectmanagement, estimating and building information modeling (BIM) technologies can now becommonly found in construction higher education. However, as technology in the constructionindustry continues to advance educators must be aware of what the “cutting edge” of technologyin construction is, so they can expose their students to it, and more thoroughly prepare them forwhat they will interact with in their careers.This study utilized a survey of construction industry professionals to learn about advances intechnology and where they are being used. The internet based survey netted more than 1,000responses and produced a sample for each question that ranged from n = 122 to n = 710, andrepresented all construction industry segments and a broad range of company sizes. Using ahealthy sample from across the industry, this study provides a current look at emergingtechnology in construction.Specifically this study sought to learn about two specific technologies, other technologies thatindustry professionals are interested in, and the barriers to technology adoption. Participantswere asked about use of augmented or virtual reality, and wearable technology, to learn if andhow deeply these technologies have penetrated the industry. Participants were also asked whattechnology they are experimenting with on projects as well as the technology that they have seenand hope to see used in future projects to explore those areas that are being tested and that havegrassroots support. Finally participants were asked the factors that limit the adoption of newtechnology at construction firms, so strategies for improving technology adoption in theconstruction industry can be explored.The study provides recommendations for technologies that should be introduced to studentsbeyond computer applications for estimating, scheduling and BIM. Further this study providesconstruction educators and professionals alike an idea of the direction technology is going in theindustry.
Holt, E. A., & Benham, J. M., & Bigelow, B. F. (2015, June), Emerging Technology in the Construction Industry: Perceptions from Construction Industry Professionals Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23933
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