Construction is the biggest industry in the world. But it’s an industry where change takes a while to evolve. It’s been that way partly because of the size and scope of projects, which can run into the billions of dollars.
There is a fair amount of innovation that gets discussed behind closed doors. However, open discussions are the vehicle for enabling progress to take place. It’s a great time to be involved in construction. When there’s enough work to go around – as there has been for several years – other construction companies are not the “enemy.” Sharing automation success stories serves to benefit the industry as a whole.
Although some people have the impression that the increased use of technology will eventually eliminate their job, the reality is that the right combination of technology tools can reduce stress and keep you from working 80-hour weeks while trying to keep a project on track and moving toward completion within the contracted schedule. It’s the little things that often take up too much time – and those are precisely the things that are best delegated to automation. There’s immense promise and potential in the use of technology.
Companies are focusing on bringing more people into architecture, engineering and construction. And there’s a spot for them no matter what related job they want to participate in.
There are people who, when they see the technology and innovation taking place in the industry, are attracted to be a part of it. It’s not just fieldwork positions that are plentiful. The types of positions available these days might include computer tech support, marketing, Revit modelers, solar technicians, specialists for AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality), and drone operators. There is a surprisingly wide variety of career-worthy jobs these days in construction.
Compared to AutoCAD with its lines and graphics, Revit software provides companies with a wealth of information and usable data in a single model – basically what is increasingly referred to as the single source of truth on a project.
Imagine going from a blank model to design documents in a few minutes. With automation you can place content intelligently across rooms. For instance, you can position lights, outlets, switches, alarms, low voltage controls, test window glazing – the possibilities are powerful.
Bridging the Gap Podcast, episode 82 with guest Dillon Mitchell
All your content could be placed automatically, and if it needs to be moved, one person could go into the model and move it. On the other hand, if the designer wants to scrap the result and start over, using the right technology tools, that would not be problematic. Rather than starting over on what might have been a month’s worth of effort without automation, you could replace it all in a manner of minutes.