How is technology changing the construction industry?

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Prepare your students with skills and resources for the next-gen construction industry.

To close the gap between construction productivity, skilled labor shortage, and ensuring the next generation of construction students have a path forward, RICS and Autodesk researched the role that industrialized construction and digital technologies will play in changing the future of construction work. With 20+ interviews conducted with leaders from industry and academia across the US and UK, key findings suggest a shift in mindset to drive change across the industry by adopting design-to-make production processes alongside digital technologies to bring much-needed certainty of cost, schedule, and scope to the AEC industries—achieving sustainability, while addressing worker safety.

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Industrialized Construction in Academia

This complementary report is for all educators seeking ways to teach students about the ever-evolving changes and opportunities in the construction industry. In the report, you can learn about how academia is exposing students to advanced construction technology with added examples of innovative dialogue and leverage inside content to fuel classroom discussions. 

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Lauren Vasey

Watch as construction industry researcher, Lauren Vasey discusses the future of construction, architecture, and the many opportunities that the industry is facing for improvements in environmental sustainability

Jacqueline Rohrmann

Civil engineering student Jacqueline Rohrmann, a Masters student in Computational Engineering and Sustainable Development, spoke with us about the current and future states of the construction industry.

The Future of Making: Construction

As urban population grows, so comes a greater demand for almost everything—including housing, infrastructure, transportation, and the skilled labor to make it all a reality. Learn how digitalization is transforming teams, roles, and building project processes, creating new job opportunities for the next generation of construction professionals.


The Future of Making Things: Construction video

Watch how digitalization, powered by cloud and mobile technology, is transforming teams, roles, and building project processes, making greater interconnection possible. Welcome to the era of connection. Are you ready?


Reimagining the Future of Making: Automation Helps People Live and Work Better

Humanity inevitably needs, desires, and demands more. At the same time, it must also confront the reality of less—fewer natural resources, less space, and fewer skilled construction and manufacturing workers than the world needs.


Grasping the Future of Machine Learning and Cloud Robotics With Ken Goldberg

Many robots can handle tedious tasks, but so far, they need extensive practice to sense and grasp unknown physical objects. Enter a new innovation using cloud-connected robots that just might jump-start machines’ ability to learn manual tasks.


5 Takes on the State of AR and VR in Construction

The idea of employing a live “view” of the surrounding environment that can be augmented by computer-generated sensory input has been around for some time—but while it has yet to reach critical mass in the construction industry, it’s not far off. 

What is an example of technology's influence on construction?

Windover Sheds 3 Months Off Project Schedule with Modular Construction

Dedicated to the core purpose of building great things with great people, Windover creates state-of-the-art commercial and institutional spaces, urban multi-family communities, and select custom homes. Windover works with clients throughout New England to provide construction management, design-build, project development, and virtual design and construction services. As a 100% employee-owned firm, Windover is differentiated by its people and focused on providing exceptional experiences for clients and all team partners from project inception to completion.

Amr Raafat, Vice President of VDC and Technology at Windover Construction shares Windover’s technology-forward approach that has transformed and reinvigorated conventional construction management processes. “Technology by itself is powerful, but when you combine data from disparate sources together – like drone mapping, laser scanning, and BIM coordination – you get powerful insights,” says Raafat.

What software is used in construction?

Autodesk® Revit®

Revit software is specifically built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), empowering design and construction professionals to bring ideas from concept to construction with a coordinated and consistent model-based approach.

Autodesk® BIM 360™

BIM 360™ construction management software enables almost anytime, anywhere access to project data throughout the building construction lifecycle.

Autodesk® Navisworks®

Navisworks Manage project review software helps you holistically review integrated models and data with stakeholders to gain better control over project outcomes.

Where can I learn construction management skills and tools?


Connected BIM: BIM 360 construction management webinar series


BIM for Construction Management and Planning using the Cloud